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Beer and Food: Continental

When we say Continental cuisine, we mean North-Western Europe, as we discuss French and Mediterranean cuisine elsewhere. The main characteristic of Continental cuisine, especially when contrasted with Asian, is the more prominent and varied use of meat. Similar to Asia, however, is the use of sauces for flavor. This heavy, rich cuisine consists of prepared meats, sausages (fresh and smoked), seafood (fresh and smoked), and root vegetables like turnips and potatoes. Starches like bread, dumplings, and noodles are used to accompany the main dish.

The variety in this cuisine provides you with great opportunity to explore the beer styles available. Many of these beer styles, not coincidently, are native to the Continent. For this type of cuisine you may want to consider a strong flavorful beer that enhances the fare and aids in the digestive process.


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Appetizers and Soups

Lambic
Wheat Beer

Asparagus

Abbey Ale
American Ale
Pale Lager

Beef

American Ale
English Ale
Pale Lager
Porter

Cheeses

Abbey Ale
Dark Lager
German Ale
Pale Lager

Chicken

Amber Lager
Bock
Pale Lager

Lamb

Belgian and French Ale

Pickles and Pates

Belgian and French Ales
Bock

Pork

Bock
Pale Lager
Scottish and Irish Ale

Pumpernickel / Rye Bread

Dark Lager

Salads and Starters

American Ale
English Ale

Sausages

Amber Lager
Dark Lager
Pale Lager
Scottish and Irish Ale

Smoked Foods

Pale Lager
Porter

Beer and Food: Continental