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.