If you express the thought of pairing whisky with beer, some of your friends might express concern for your well-being in most cases. We get it, and we would be acting the same way had me not stumbled upon some interesting forbidden knowledge that we are about to share with you guys! Now this isn’t some ancient enlightenment that will get you free drinks at bars, or protect you from never being hungover but it is something interesting after all.
Pairing whiskies with beer has been around for many years, and more than a handful of cultures around the world actively practice it. Of course one of them are the Irish, but that is a story for another day. We’re sure no one needs to mention how much the Irish love their whiskey.
What we are about to propose today is something that might change your drinking preferences forever! These aren’t the sort of run-of-the-mill boilermakers we are proposing here, but something far more suave and sophisticated.
Think of it as pairing your favourite whisky with your favourite beer as the chaser. Of course there is some science that goes behind picking the right pairing of said whisky and beer, but we can help you out with that. Here are The Whiskypedia’s top suggestions of beer pairings with whisky so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds without having to compromise on anything!
Heavy Stout & Refreshing Jameson
Contradictory flavours and characteristics often work very well, and in this case, pairing a nice and heavy stout beer with a whiskey like Jameson Irish Whiskey is a great idea. The king of Irish whiskeys is known globally for its smooth, light and refreshing profile. That is one of its strongest qualities which has helped endear it to mixologists and bartenders throughout the world.
Stout beers are known to have a thick, creamy texture and the flavours are quite different than you would expect from a beer. In fact, Jameson even has a Stout barrel finished expression, called the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition with flavours of cocoa, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and hazelnuts. So you know a Jameson works extremely well with a Stout so the next time you go out on a Friday night, this could be the order that makes your bartender smirk.
Smooth Lager & Classic Chivas Regal 12 YO
Lager beers are increasingly common in India, and no matter the joint you are visiting, there won’t be a dearth of a solid lager beer there. Lagers resonate with the Indian beer drinker quite well, which explains the prevalence of such brands in the market. Their flavours are crisp, light and do not overpower the palate too much.
This makes the classic Chivas Regal 12 YO a perfect match to pair up with a lager beer. The creamy, fruity and smooth Speyside heavy blend is one of the best Scotch whiskies widely available in India. Any good restaurant or bar should have one at hand, and since lager beers are dime a dozen, you can spend the money you save on this premium Scotch! Alternating between two kinds of goodness is the way to go if you wish to make the most of your night.
Cider Craft Beer & Peaty Monster Laphroaig 10 YO
A lot of craft breweries have popped all across the country in recent times, and beer lovers have taken full advantage of this newfound influx of choices. Pretty much every craft brewery brings something special to the table, but the Cider beer remains one of the favourites among beer lovers.
The perfect choice of whisky to sip on with a glass of cider craft beer are heavily peated medicinal single malts from the Islay like the Laphroaig 10 YO. The iodine rich Laphroaig single malt is the ideal complementary delight one can enjoy with a glass of chilled craft beer. Sure your friends might initially scoff at it, and even you must be doing it right now. Don’t knock it till you try it though – believe us.
Indian Pale Ale & Rich Aberlour 12 YO
Something as hops forward as the Indian Pale Ale is complemented by the sublime Aberlour 12 YO in a way that perhaps no other Speyside single malt can. IPAs are known to be slightly more on the bitter end of beers due to the higher presence of hops in them. A number of widely available commercial brands are entering releasing IPA variants these days. They were already a prominent feature on craft brewery menus, but have since grown to be a much significant component of the beer industry.
The Aberlour 12 YO is a Sherry heavy single malt Scotch with that sweet and spicy balance we all love so much. Loads of fruit and creamy flavours make their presence felt too. Chasing a rich, full-bodied single malt like Aberlour with an IPA is bound to be an enriching experience for you – take our word for it.
A lot of times, people begin their nights with a couple of beers, slowly easing into the harder stuff like whisky. Why choose when you can take the best of both worlds, and combine them to create an overwhelmingly positive new experience?