We are constantly on the lookout for ways to enhance our food experience. Last Wednesday, we had the chance to do just that as we officially had our first food and beer pairing degustation. I do hope Chateau 1771 offers the degustation menu in their resto for other foodies to try the beer and food combinations.

Here are our insights and learnings from the beer pairing experience with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews…

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Beer Pairing Series:

How to pour the beer properly?

The San Miguel Brewmaster, Mr. Alan Sienes, shared with us how to pour the beer properly and how best to enjoy the different San Miguel Lifestyle Brews.

First, pour the beer with the glass diagonally on its side so as to preserve the foam.

Afterwards, tilt the glass back to an upright position so that you’ll get around 3/4 – 1 inch foam for the aroma and taste of the malt. It is best served at a temperature of 7-10 degrees. Lipstick from women’s lips reacts with the foam and will collapse it easily.

He recommends serving the beer in a tulip glass to concentrate the malty taste and to support the foam.

Beer Pairing Tips: San Miguel Premium All-Malt

My favorite beer for pairing is San Miguel Premium All-Malt. My ultimate favorite is the Beer Below Zero (BBZ) version where the temperature of the beer is kept to around 7-10 degrees over a longer period of time. If it is not BBZ, the temperature of the beer increases drastically once you hold it (and probably because of the summer weather).

San Miguel Premium All-Malt is 100% all malt. It is the foodie beer because it is light and has a sweet, suave taste and balanced bitterness, which goes very well with most food. Drinking the BBZ version would concentrate the taste of the malt. It is recommended to pair it with something light like seafood, but I would argue that it goes well with any type of meat as well.

Course 1: Scallops Au Gratin. Scallops sauteed in butter with shallots, parsley, white wine and cream.

This was voted as the best course during the degustation. The flavors were evenly balanced throughout and had a good creamy taste. The scallops were cooked just right and tasted fresh.

Course 2: Baked Philippine Sandbass with Thyme, Lemon and Almonds. Chef Pacheco’s version of the seabass dish spiced up with lemon, thyme and extra virgin oil.

The Pinoy version of the seabass. Chateau 1771 is known for cooking fish perfectly with the right consistent flavor. In this case, the lemon and thyme was refreshing, but the fish tasted a bit old though.

Palate Cleanser: Kiwi and Cucumber Sorbet

In between the seafood and San Miguel Premium-All Malt pairing, this green vegetable-fruit sorbet was served.

Beer Pairing Tips: San Miguel Super Dry

I think the San Miguel Super Dry is a bit too heavy for beer pairing. It is dry and has that bitter beer taste. You’ll feel bloated after drinking it. I would agree, though, that it goes well with meat pulutan.

It is recommended to serve the beer in a weizen glass, which highlights the color of the San Miguel Super Dry and it can contain most of the foam and aroma of the brew.

It was a bit off to have it in the middle of the degustation. Some people were not able to finish their glass of San Miguel Super Dry.

Course 3: Boneless Crispy Pork Hock with Red Onions and Cabbage. Crispy pata with a twist, as it may be dipped in two different sauces.

This was the weakest dish in the degustation, maybe because of the quality of the meat. It was a bit wilted from overcooking.

Course 4: Osso Bucco with Mashed Potato. Tender veal shank that is braised in plum tomatoes, wine and parsley.

This Osso Bucco is one of the best we’ve ever tasted with its tender and flavorful meat in every bite. The San Miguel Super Dry went well with the meat and tomato flavor of this dish. The mashed potato was expertly mixed with the right smooth texture and taste.

Course 5: Double Ganache Tart | Filo Mille Feuille | Blueberry Trifle by Chef Claudette Cuares of Sentro 1771.

Beer Pairing Tips: Cerveza Negra

The Cerveza Negra goes surprisingly well with dessert. Its sweet, roasted malt taste complements the creamy sweetness of the dessert (although it does seem a bit counterintuitive to think that beer would pair nicely with something milky). Besides the taste, we also like the frothiness of the Cerveza Negra. It’s a great beer to cap off the meal.

It is also recommended to serve the Cerveza Negra in a weizen glass to highlight the color of the brew, which looks like a dark cola drink with a crown of foam.

I was happy that they allowed me to invite Our Awesome Planet friends to enjoy the food and beer pairing experience with us for only P1,000/head. 🙂 It was a great night with fellow foodies, especially for our Jaycee friends who actually had two bottles per course!

Looking forward to more San Miguel Lifestyle brews degustation events like this…

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Beer Pairing Series:

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P.S. Thanks to San Miguel Lifestyle Brews for the San Miguel Premium-All Malt BeerSan Miguel Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra. Thanks to Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco of Chateau 1771 for designing the 5-course beer pairing meal. 🙂