Though the summertime months can sometimes call for food and beer pairings of a tamer kind, we’re embracing the heat with our monthly offering, Big Barrel Double IPA and Spicy Shrimp & Grits.
“The inspiration is always the beer. Shrimp and Grits is a classic southern dish but we thought we could put our unique spin on it and emphasize the food and beer relationship. Big Barrel is a perfect palate cleanser and we felt it was a great opportunity to incorporate some heat into the grits , so that you get the textures and bold flavors up front but temper them with the tropical flavors that come from the Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin hops in the beer” -Corey Rapp, Executive Chef
Big Barrel is packed with assertive hop flavors, which temper the spicy sriracha in the sauce and the grits’ habanero kick. Meanwhile, the sweetness from the shrimp and the creaminess of the grits brings a nice balance to the hop forward IIPA.
If you’re still looking for other pairing ideas for our Big Barrel IIPA, don’t be afraid to go for the bold:
- Big Barrel cuts right through the “tang” of strong cheeses such as Gorgonzola or Bleu.
- It tempers the richness from creamy sauces or fried foods.
- Pair a snack of freshly cut fruits with Big Barrel to bring out the beer’s floral and tropical notes.
- Big Barrel’s citrus hop bitterness pairs well with a rich, creamy seafood dish…especially one that packs some serious heat like our Spicy Shrimp & Grits!
Give the dish a try for yourself at each of our Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurants and sound off in the comments below to let us know what you think!