Tacos and beer: is there a better combo? OK, pizza, we see you… you too, burgers and wings. But Cinco de Mayo is approaching, and returning fan favorite Mexican Lager with Lime is available now, so it’s the taco’s time to shine. And just as there is a GLBC beer for everyone under the (increasingly bright and warm) Midwest sun, so too is there a taco that’s a perfect salsa partner for each of our beers. Let’s get this fiesta started!
Of course, when it comes to pairing beer and tacos, no GLBC brew does the job better than our Mexican Lager with Lime. While the iguana on the can obviously loves the Midwest, it’d be equally at home in northwest Mexico – also the home of the Baja fish taco. Top some fried tilapia or walleye with pico de gallo and a cilantro crema, and wrap in a corn tortilla. The beer’s light citrus acidity will contrast beautifully with the creaminess of the cilantro sauce, enhancing the flavor intensity of each. There’s also resonance between the real lime in each sip of our Mexican Lager and the freshly sliced pico.
Few GLBC beers pair as well with food as the classic Eliot Ness Amber Lager. (Fun fact: the first Mexican Lagers were Vienna-style, the same style that inspired Eliot Ness.) Packed with rich malt flavor, our arrestingly smooth lager pairs beautifully with roasted sweet potatoes and pepitas in a lightly toasted flour tortilla. The roasting process will caramelize the potatoes, creating a complementary flavor link to the beer’s caramel malt character, and the toasted shell will link with the beer’s bready notes as well. An untouchable pairing!
Want to impress your main squeeze? Give your date night a sweet kiss of citrus with citrus-marinated shrimp tacos and Crushworthy Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat. Part of why we love this taco is its simplicity – just mix the shrimp and some freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice in a bag for 30 minutes, and voilà, you’re good to go! The delicate citrus flavor and mild texture of the shrimp are a match made in heaven with Crushworthy’s real citrus and pillowy wheat body. Adding some sour cream to that crunchy hard shell? Crushworthy’s carbonation will help cut right through the added creaminess.
Think you’re in taco paradise already? Wait until you try a chicken tinga taco paired with TropiCoastal Tropical IPA. First, how about that color! The bright red of the tomato chipotle sauce is almost as vibrant as TropiCoastal’s gorgeous can. (No one said there isn’t a visual component to beer and food pairing!) Flavor-wise, this pairing is all about vibrant intensity. The smokiness and heat of the adobo sauce; the potent blend of spices; that savory slow cooked pulled chicken. All this goodness is matched by TropiCoastal’s intense tropical hop flavors. Want to ramp up the intensity even more? Try pairing a member of our Imperial IPA Series with this taco.
And while we tend to think of pale, refreshing beers as the best fits for a taco, dark beers like Edmund Fitzgerald Porter work just as well! Dark, smoky mole beef is a natural fit for Fitz, but we highly recommend trying out Chef Richard’s spicy taco rub instead. Our Porter’s bittersweet chocolatey flavors meld perfectly with the light brown sugar in the rub, and the sharpness of the beer’s roast malt character matches the potency of the rub’s spicy cayenne and cumin. Check out the full recipe and watch Chef Richard whip it up here.
Hungry yet? ¡Sí! Better yet, if you’re feeling thirsty, use our Beer Finder to track down any of these perfect pairing beers at a retailer near you.
Words: Michael Williams & Richard Basich
Photos and Video: Adam Ritterspach