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Hunter's delight: beer with game
The hunting season is under way, so it's time to eat delicious game dishes - this time with beer. Give your family or guests a pleasant surprise by serving in-season fruits and vegetables, and an exciting beer, to match the food.
Source: press release
Best of Budapest online | October 9, 2015
As the autumn closes in, luckily there's no need to give up mouth-watering beer and food combinations. Beer expert István Vásárhelyi has no hesitation in recommending beers that harmonizes perfectly with game dishes, as the diversity of light and dark beers on offer bring out every nuance of taste, and reward you with refreshing or full-bodied flavors. There are no bad matches, so it's worth experimenting with combinations of your favorite home-made game dishes and beers. (If you don't feel like cooking it yourself, choose a game dish in the restaurant and don't be shy about ordering a beer to go with it!) The beer connoisseur's guide will help you to match the various game dishes with their ideal match of beer.

Wild boar goes well with brown ale

Sometimes it makes a refreshing change to swap the usual paprika-based beef goulash for a stew made of good quality shoulder of boar. For a real wild boar stew you shouldn't only add paprika, but also a generous helping of onions and a jam made from plums or other dark berries, as well as some juniper berries, and lace it liberally with brown beer while cooking. Dark, heavy English ales, known as Extra Special Bitter (ESB), go best with this type of dish. The treacly sweet malt, distinctive hop character and woodland berry (rosehip, raspberry, blackberry, and cornel) notes are irresistible in combination with the fibre-rich wild boar meat, and this is accented and enhanced by the wonderful tang of the sweet, beer-flavored gravy of the stew.

Venison deserves a bock

A roasted cut of lean venison thigh or steak can make for a memorable main course. A spicy sauce made from hazelnuts or sweet fruits make this into an elegant and impressive dish. To crown it all, serve it with a light, sweet, hoppy bock beer or robust, copper-colored caramel-tasting malty Scottish ale (wee heavy) with up to 9-12% abv, or an American strong ale matured in a whisky barrel.

Belgian ale with hare

Hare is a mouth-watering treat with virtually any trimmings. It's especially delicious with a fine spicy vegetable ragout, or with a game sauce and bread dumplings, which go best with substantial Belgian beers. Depending on the flavoring and trimming, a dark Belgian ale (dubbel), or a fruity, sweet, high alcohol Belgian beer (tripel) is an excellent accompaniment to a light cut of hare thigh or a flavorsome saddle of hare roasted in a traditional clay oven.