Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
Relax and chill are the two things most needed to deal with the pandemic Covid-19 just stay at home.
There are many ways to relax, for example by eating good food, drinking coffee, or drinking tea. But for some people, drinking beer can help make them feel better chill.
If drinking tea or drinking coffee can be done at any time, drinking beer is usually done at night. Marketing Director of Multi Bintang Indonesia, Jessica Setiawan, revealed that there is a reason why most Indonesians drink beer at night.
“Because the majority of Indonesian beer categories are still dominated by bold taste characters, most Indonesians only enjoy beer at the moment after eating at night,” he told TOPNewsIndonesia.com at the launch of Bintang Crystal, Thursday (22/7).
“However, we understand that beer connoisseurs want a more diverse and refreshing flavor variant to be enjoyed in more moments.”
Jessica revealed that one of the criteria for a beer to be enjoyed at any time is its lower alcohol content or ‘refined.’
“We innovated to present Bintang Crystal with a taste that is smoother, not too bitter, and easy to drink. Because it is easier to enjoy without overwhelming the audience’s sensors, it can be the right choice to accompany every moment.”
Tips and Tricks for Mixing Beer with Food
It feels empty when you have to drink beer without any snacks or food to accompany it. You can choose various types of food as a friend to drink beer.
However, as in any food pairing guide in general, there are a few things to consider when pairing food with beer. It’s not a fixed rule, but at least it will make you enjoy more chill moments with your favorite food and your favorite beer.
1. Cold beer
“The most important thing is to make sure your beer is really cold,” says Jessica.
The taste of chilled beer will give its own sensation to the taste of food compared to ‘cool’ beer.
2. Choose a beer with a smooth character
In addition, you can also choose a beer with a taste that is not too dominant. Choose a beer with a character that is smooth, refreshing, and not too bitter.
With this taste profile, beer can be the right combination for savory and seasoned foods, such as Indonesian foods such as nasi padang, meatballs, and tofu kriuk.
Smooth Cold-Brewed Beer, Bintang Crystal
3. Contrasting flavors
Make sure you choose the right match when pairing food with beer.
Contrasting flavors mean you take a beer that has a strong flavor profile and pair it with a light dish, or vice versa.
Jennifer Price, creator of Atlanta Beer Boutique and author of “The Chick’s Guide to Beer” says contrasting flavors are the easiest way to pair super bitter, sour, dark, or bold beers, like Indian Pale Ales (IPA) or Imperial Stouts, with food. .
“If you are a beginner and have an IPA, then you can choose foods that will balance those strong flavors,” Price said.
On the other hand, if you’re serving food that has a dominant flavor profile, such as a plate of hot wings, you may want to pair it with a beer that has a cool, clean nature, such as pilsner.
4. Beer as a mouth cleanser
Another simple way to pair beer with food is to use beer as a palate cleanser for a boldly flavored dish, like Korean fried chicken. According to Price, lighter tasting beers are best used as a palate cleanser because the taste doesn’t compete with the taste of the food.