TDY enjoyed a nice BYOB night at a great local restaurant, The Fajita Grill
From left to right: Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale, O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye, Dogfish Head Pangaea, Widmer Drifter Pale Ale, Ithaca Partly Sunny Belgian Wit and Yards Pale Ale.
While selecting the beers for dinner we kept a few things in mind. What’s for dinner? What’s the weather? and What haven’t I had before? IPAs are not best suited for spicy foods. Hops will accentuate the spice. Mostly we wanted a light, crisp, refreshing beer to keep us cool but provide some taste while not overwhelming our wonderful mexican dinner.
Dinners with beer pairings:
- Grilled Enchilada w/ Caribbean Chicken and Mole sauce. Paired with Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale and Yards Pale Ale. The Breckenridge was perfect with this meal. It was crisp and clean tasting, with just enough flavor/bitterness to cut the mole sauce’s sweetness. The Yards Pale Ale was a good beer, but was slightly too hoppy for this meal. The hop flavor overwhelmed the meal. – Jake
- Grilled Enchilada w/ Caribbean Chicken and Mole sauce. Paired with O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye and Widmer Drifter Pale Ale. I hadn’t tried either of these beers prior to this dinner. While I can’t say one was the clear winner when paired with the food, I can say that both did a nice job of accentuating the overly sweet mole sauce. With the sauce’s prominent cocoa taste and lack of any heat, each beer took on a pairing role we couldn’t have predicted with Mexican food, yet proved versatile and complemented the warm summer night nicely. No complaints from me. – Mark
- Grilled Enchilada w/ Chicken and Red sauce. Paired with Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale and Ithaca Partly Sunny Belgian Wit.
- Salmon and Shrimp in Salsa DeMango. Paired with Dogfish Head Pangaea. I brought the Pangea with me, but was a bit skeptical about finding some mexican dishes to pair with it. Knowing that the Pangaea is brewed with crystallized ginger I was looking for something sweet to complement the spicy/sweetness of the ginger. This paired perfectly with the fruity citrus notes of the mango salsa and citrus glaze. The ginger really exploded off of the tongue. The meal itself was excellent and the side patio at fajita grill is an excellent place to spend a summer evening – Tim