What to Eat with an IPA

Food and beer belong together. Well, the right food and the right beer belong together.

We believe this wholeheartedly and you should too.

With the right combination of hoppy bubbles and savory ingredients, you’ll reach a incomparable flavorful euphoria.

What is an IPA?

An IPA, or India Pale Ale, possesses a bitter, brassy flavor and is one of the most hop-dominant beers available. There are nearly endless varieties of this style of brew, but all great IPA’s have one thing in common—balance. A great tasting beer with a bitter flare is what makes an IPA an IPA.

Their aggressive bitterness is typically cut with juicy, citrusy flavors or given a malt profile with just enough caramel to cut down the acidic tang.

Food & IPA Pairings

Beer Pairing | What to Eat with an IPA

With the rise of local craft breweries across the nation, we’re seeing this beer become more and more popular.

Here are six IPA-friendly meal kits so you can create a craft brewery experience in the comfort of your own home tonight. Grab a growler of your favorite IPA and enjoy it with one of these delicious meal kits.

1. Curried Coconut Chicken with Dried Cherry and Mint Basmati Rice

IPA Pairing Guide | Curried Coconut Chicken

The hop flavors in an IPA perfectly complement many common Indian spices, such as coriander, cardamom, and others that you would find in most curry dishes. Not only do they complement the spices, they also help cool down your palate after each fiery bite.

Try it: Curried Coconut Chicken with Dried Cherry and Mint Basmati Rice

2. Fried Herbed Chicken

IPA Pairing Guide | Fried Chicken

Because IPA’s are extremely bitter, they work well with salty, fried foods. So, what better way to enjoy a ice cold IPA than with some southern fried chicken?

Coated and fried, these succulent chicken breasts are perfect for a night in. Made with garlic, tarragon, parsley, and thyme, you’ll pair each bite with a swig from your favorite IPA.

Try it: Fried Herbed Chicken

3. Swanky BLT with Oven Roasted French Fries

IPA Pairing Guide | Swanky BLT

BLT’s are as simple as they are delicious. Made with hearty, salty pancetta, fat slices of beefsteak tomatoes, and fresh escarole lettuce, these three ingredient sandwiches possess elevated flavors that pair perfectly with a light IPA.

Try it: Swanky BLT with Oven Roasted French Fries

4. Flap Steak with Chimichurri

IPA Pairing Guide | Flap Steak with Chimichurri

Steak and beer go together like, well, steak and beer.

If you’re in the mood for an IPA, try a steak with a slight spice or Mexican flare. Mexican ingredients, like those found in this chimichurri sauce, typically mix light and dark flavors, creating a balanced, flavorful dish that is perfectly complemented by a caramel or citrus flavored IPA.

Try it: Flap Steak with Chimichurri

5. Smoked Pulled Pork

IPA Pairing Guide | Smoked Pulled Pork

When in doubt, grill it.

Grilled and smoked meats possess dark, woodsy flavors that pair perfectly with an IPA. The crispy, caramelized coating that’s created when grilling is key to pull off this pairing. This flavorful crust heightens the malt flavors that are found in IPA’s. Complemented by heavy hops, you’ll get a full-bodied flavor experience that can be appreciated any time of year.

Try it: Smoked Pulled Pork

6. Caramelized Onion and Fig Pizza

IPA Pairing Guide | Caramelized Onion and Fig Pizza

If you’re looking for a lighter way to enjoy an IPA, try using caramelized onions. In this dish, you’ll find these sweet, salty, and crunchy veggies as the base to a tantalizing pizza. The caramelization brings out the malt flavors in the IPA, while the hops give you just the right amount of bitterness to balance these rich flavors.

Try it: Caramelized Onion and Fig Pizza