Every night at the dinner table somewhere in the world the great debate over Beer vs Wine with dinner is occurring. Its been such a debate that there is now a book called “He Said Beer, She Said Wine” by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Beer and Marnie Old a world renown sommelier. Its a great read and I highly recommend it, Get Book here.
This obviously was not always the case as for many years wine was considered the traditional beverage for a fine dinner and beer was reserved for hanging with the guys, BBQs and sporting events. For a beer lover like me this new dynamic in the dinner arena is fascinating and wonderful. With many Craft Breweries increasing production and distribution here in the United States the choices for Beer is great. Also, unlike with wine I feel that Beer has truly endless potential for styles as one can add in anything their imagination can think of during the brewing process. (I am sure wine has great potential too, I just don’t know as much about it)
Sadly, most people have not been exposed to the fine world of Beer (or Wine) for that matter. I will openly admit I know a decent amount about beer and am learning more about what I like and don’t like but know very little about wine. When it comes to wine other then the color I couldn’t really tell you the difference between a Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Merlot but I do enjoy a glass of wine every now and then.
However, I have more to learn about Beer and the many styles that exist. I am always trying to learn more and a great book for anyone looking to learn more is: The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer.
Now while I am no expert I always love exploring more and I feel there will never be a true winner in this great debate. Beer and Wine will always have a place at the dinner table. If you are usually are a wine drinker when you go our for dinner and feel beer is just for burgers, BBQ or watching the game with your buddies think again. Next time, try a properly paired beer with your dinner and you may be pleasantly surprised. Some restaurant are now going on to have Beer Recommendations right on the menu with a dish along with wine. In the end, its really about your personal preference if you like Beer then have beer, and if you like wine drink wine.
As for me I like learning more and my goal for 2010 is to go to my first Beer Dinner somewhere in the city if my schedule allows. Having made trips to many breweries and even a few beer fests I feel an expert beer dinner will be a truly great experience and I promise to write about it when it happens.
Whatever you do just remember to drink what you enjoy and be responsible.
Also, if you want a great documentary to learn about the craft brewing scene in the US check out: Beer Wars
And that’s … From My Mellin!