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10 Great Beers to BYOB

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The scoop from Pinocchio’s Beer Garden to Go’s Tim Volikas.

For pairing with a cheese: Port Brewing Company’s Mongo IPA. The sharpness of the cheese complements the hoppiness. Blue-cheese fanatics, however, should stick with a porter, which accents the creaminess. 

Perfect with seafood: Goose Island Beer Company’s Sofie. Light enough to be refreshing, but full of complementary flavors.  

For a special occasion: Rodenbach Brewery’s Grand Cru. An intense flavor and rich complexity.

For that pizza craving: Tröegs Brewing Company’s HopBack Amber Ale. A balanced amber-style beer that pairs well with dough, sauce and cheese.

International beer for an international meal: Anything from Samuel Smith Brewery. A wide variety of styles appeal to different tastes.

When spice is nice: Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Double Jack. While not recommended for the faint of heart, spice lovers will appreciate how it enhances a meal.

For meat-eaters: Allagash Brewing Company’s Dubbel Ale or St. Bernardus Brewery’s Abt 12. Both have intense, smooth flavors and characteristics.

For the wine drinker:  Chimay Triple (white). Boulevard Brewing Company’s Love Child series of barrel-aged ales is a good second choice.