In a world of wine drinkers, there are still hearty souls for whom a meal is not a meal without hops and barley. Seafood’s long been the neighborhood populated primarily by pairings of white wine, but today, there are so many flavors and subtleties to artisan beer that finding good pairings for lobster is a breeze.
When lobster’s on the plate, beer aficionados generally seem to favor wheat-based Belgian witbiers or hefeweizens, says The Beer Store in Canada. Bright and flavorful, both match and enhance a lobster dinner, in part because both contain citrus notes, combining perfectly with the squeeze of a fresh lemon over the meat. Taste your brew before you squeeze, though – the citrus notes might be just enough for you. If you just can’t get enough citrus, you won’t go wrong with an unassuming medium-bodied beer like the commonly available Blue Moon.
Crisp German pilsners are also an excellent choice. These beers maintain their own flavors without disappearing into the full-bodied tastes of fresh lobster. Others like a pilsner as it serves to cleanse the palate without muddying the sweet taste of lobster meat. We’ve also been told than an India Pale Ale is a great choice with lobster, particularly if you’re dipping the meat in drawn butter as the bitterness in the hops contrasts remarkably with the savory butter and lobster meal.
Now, if it’s lobster you want IN your beer, a brewery in Portland, Maine (of course!) can take care of that.
Oxbow Brewing first made a Gose-inspired seaside saison brewed with live Maine lobsters and sea salt back in 2015. Brewmaster Tim Adams told the Associated Press at the time that the lobsters are put into in a mesh bag and placed into a boiling kettle of wort during the brewing process, giving the beer a subtle brininess.
Maybe that’s not the perfect choice for you, but there’s no shortage of great pairings for you to enjoy. Pick up your favorite beer from your local retailer, and don’t forget to order the tastiest, freshest lobster available from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. Get your live lobster, fresh lobster meat or scrumptious lobster tails online or call us at 800-967-4268 to place your order.