Best Beer Pairings

Food & Wine: Beer can be terrific with vegetable dishes. Photo © Sabra Krock.
Beer can be terrific with vegetable dishes. Photo © Sabra Krock.
Beer and burgers: a natural match. Beer and vegetarian dishes: not so obvious. Dr. Bill Sysak of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, California, offers these tips for pairing beer with 5 ingredients that are common in vegetarian dishes.


Rich vegetables like avocado taste best with refreshingly bitter beers like India pale ale. Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA is a great one.


Best with onion rings: a slightly bitter, hoppy pale ale like a Sierra Nevada or Alpha King, the flagship beer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, Indiana.

Root Vegetables

They're sweet, so they go well with a beer that also has notes of caramel. Try pairing with an American porter, such as Avery Brewing's New World Porter.

Wild Mushrooms

An aggressively hoppy, malty beer with a bitter kick—an American strong ale like Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard—pairs with the umami flavors in mushrooms.


An amber ale such as Ballast Point Calico has rich flavors and a smooth finish—just right for acidic vegetables like tomatoes.

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