Because the beer world has upped the ante
Whether it’s after a hard day at work or, more desirably, on a fabulous vacation, we love to kick back with a glass of wine. But I encourage all of the Travel Belles out there to put down their corkscrew and stemware and pick up a complex, flavorful craft beer. The craft beer makers are revolutionizing how we think of beer. Just like wine, craft beer is made with care, has a long list of styles and can brilliantly compliment any meal.
If you’re not familiar with the world of craft beer, it can seem a little intimidating. But truth be told, sampling beer is just as important as trying a regional dish when you’re traveling. Start by trying these style suggestions based on your go-to wine choice.
If you love sauvignon blanc, try a lambic or cider beer
The same fruity, melon-flavored notes from Sauvignon Blanc are very much present in lambics or cider beers. A lambic is refreshing and crisp and can be brewed with cherries, raspberries, grapes and more. It’s tart and fruity, just like your favorite white wine.
If you love chardonnay, try an IPA
Chardonnays are rich, flavorful and tart, just like an IPA, or Indian Pale Ale. IPAs are known for a strong hops flavor, which is compared to a citrusy, grapefruit taste. You’ll love the same bold and crispy taste you get from your Chardonnay.
Suggested: Goose Island IPA
If you love merlot, try a barleywine
Merlots and Barleywines both have that perfect combination of a bold but smooth flavor. Both drinks have a tart, fruity, toffee taste to them. If you enjoy the balance of something that has a rich flavor yet is not super strong, both merlot and barleywine are a good choice.
Suggested: Irish Walker
If you love cabernet sauvignon, try a brown ale
If you like a little more gusto to your wine, you’ll like a brown ale. These brews have a flavorful, toasty, nutty, almost oaky taste similar to a cabernet sauvignon. Cab sav lovers usually enjoy the strong flavor that you’ll also find in a slightly bitter brown ale.
Suggested: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
If you like moscato, chocolate, or other sweet dessert wines, try a stout
When your sweet tooth influences your wine choice, you’ll enjoy a stout. There are many different kinds of stouts, but generally speaking, they are sweet and creamy like your favorite dessert wines. Stouts can take on a flavor of oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, or sometimes a combination of all three.
Suggested: Lefty’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
*Photo by Beaufort’s TheDigitel, used with permission