Here in San Diego every day sort of feels like IPA day, but once a year we come together with hop heads from around the world to unite and revel in the excessive IBU’s that have come to define our little corner of Southern California. Why did San Diego evolve to represent the bitter beer revolution? In his book “The Brewmaster’s Table” Garrett Oliver hypothesizes that it may have been our proximity to the spicy, bold flavors of our neighbors to the south. It’s a fairly reasonable theory considering that San Diegans easily account for 65% of the burritos consumed in the U.S. annually.
Whatever the true reason may be, there is no denying that the bright/piney/resinous/dank/sticky/tropical flavors found in West Coast IPA’s lend themselves well to a variety of cuisines, either to complement existing elements of a dish or to act as a palate cleanser by cutting through heat and heaviness. Below you’ll find a few of our favorite matches for our IPA family. As always, these are our preferred matchups but the joy of pairing food and beer lies in experimentation. Take our suggestions, explore, and discover something new and delicious.
Spicy Ahi Tuna & Tower 10 IPA
Nothing says summertime quite like fresh seafood and a bright, crisp IPA. Whether seared or chopped into a ceviche, ahi makes for a killer companion to the grapefruit flavors commonly associated with cascade hops. Cascade is arguably the definitive hop of American craft brewers and our Tower 10 IPA provides it in droves. Paired up with a light, refreshing plate of sushi grade ahi, you’ll be in warm weather heaven. Feel like exploring? Try these other options with Tower 10: Red Dragon Mustard Cheese or Spicy Pad Thai.