Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

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That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles and wine varietals. He asked yours truly and craft beer officiando Chris Davila to create pairings. Chris stepped it up a notch with a challenge: “My beer pairings will beat your wine pairings!” (He claims his challenge was just for Joe…) With that, it was on!

Our Pair Down Menu included… Appetizer Course: International Food: Selection of cheeses and charcuterie Wine pairing: Chateau Rives-Blanc Blanquette de Limoux (2012) and Champagne Salmon Cuvee Meunier Brut (NV) Beer Pairing: Brazos Valley Brewing Golden Ale Winner: Wine

Second Course: Mexican Food: Ceviche Wine Pairing: Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury New Zealand Pinot Gris (2014) and Castelfeder Sudtirol Alto Adige Pinot Grigio (2011) Beer Pairing: Texian Brewing Company Wild Texas Series Aurora Golden Sour Winner: Wine

We would like to thank our hosts Chris Davila and Irene Chan for opening their home, and fabulous kitchen for our First Friday South pair down as well as all our guests who braved thunderstorms to travel south for our event. We look forward to another beer versus wine pairing challenge soon! Cheers!