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Burgers and Beer – A Perfect Summer Combination
Nothing says summer better than a great burger off the barbeque and a cold beer in your hand. And while an every-day basic burger and beer will hit the spot, a well-chosen beer paired with a burger that’s been pumped up flavor-wise, can wake up your taste buds and make for an extra special summer burger moment.

Here are recommendations on what styles of beer pair well with different types of burgers:

A Taste of the Mediterranean
When mixing up your burger patties, add a few Mediterranean-inspired ingredients to the lean ground beef like:
• jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
• crumbled feta cheese
• fresh basil
• sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
• Portobello mushroom caps
• sundried tomato and oregano salad dressing

Mix up a special sauce to top the burger, combining:
• mayonnaise
• fresh parsley, chopped
• fresh basil, chopped
• fresh garlic, chopped
• black pepper
• ground red pepper (cayenne)

And serve the burgers on ciabatta rolls that have been split and toasted. 

Now pair this burger with a Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale or German Pilsner. A lighter-style lager could get lost in the complex flavours of this Mediterranean-inspired burger. The hoppiness in the Pale Ales and Pilsners will stand up to the tang of the vinaigrette and feta cheese, and cleanse the palate after the rich mayo-based sauce.

A Touch of Hawaii
Be inspired by the tastes of Hawaii by adding some of the following to your lean ground beef:
• pork tenderloin, cut into small cubes
• toasted flaked coconut 
• soy sauce   
• sweet chili sauce 
Add garlic cloves, oil, lime juice and cooked and crumbled bacon to your favourite barbeque sauce, and then cook the burgers on the grill. 

Serve on split onion sandwich rolls, with a slice of fresh pineapple and a thin slice of red onion. Now pair this tropical delight with an English or American Brown Ale. This vigorous ale is a good match for the hearty Hawaiian-inspired burger because of they are maltier and sweeter than milder ales, with a full-body finish.

Asian-inspired Burger Magic
Add to your lean ground beef these ingredients to achieve an Asian-inspired burger treat:
• green onions, thinly sliced
• canned sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
• panko bread crumbs (coarser than normal)
• soy sauce
• gingerroot, peeled and grated
• garlic, minced
• sesame oil
• sweet chili sauce

Coat the cooked burgers with a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey, chopped green onions, soy sauce and sesame oil, then serve on split, toasted onion rolls. 

Pair this Asian delight with a Golden or Blonde Ale that will cool the palate, go down smoothly and calm the spiciness.



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