Quinoa is our calling, but in another world, if things had turned out a little differently, we just may have ended up as I Heart Beer Brewing Co. That’s how much this team appreciates a good craft brew. So we were delighted to receive the following pairing suggestions from our friends at Three Floyds Brewing Co., based right here in the good ol’ Midwest! Try them all and leave your own pairing suggestions in the comments!
Pairs with: Moloko Milk Stout - 8% ABV 30 IBU
This delicious Milk Stout is brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar to give it a rounded and full-bodied mouth feel. The deep-roasted and slightly sweet maltiness of this stout is complemented by the slightly sweet, nutty, salty flavor of the Chocolate Sea Salt quinoa clusters.
Pairs with: Cherron Cherry Gose - 4.7% ABV
This cherry Gose made with lactobacillus, Michigan cherries, coriander,and sea salt pairs perfectly with the nutty, lightly tangy cranberry flavors in Cashew Cranberry quinoa clusters.
Pairs with: Wigsplitter Coffee Stout - 7.7% ABV
Big Wig, No Wig or Comb Over. Wigsplitter is an oatmeal stout brewed with freshly ground espresso. The satisfyingly crunchy, almondy notes in Almond quinoa clusters make a perfect pair.
Pairs with: Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale - 24 IBU 6.5% ABV
Only a full-bodied Scottish-style Ale like this one could stand up to the spicy-sweet flavor of Peanut Ginger quinoa clusters. With a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes it’s a complicated brew for a complicated snack.
Pairs with: Backmasking Oatmeal Stout - IBU 32 ABV 8%
Backmasking is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a track that is meant to be played forward. Paired with superfood-heavy Peanut Butter Cacao quinoa clusters, this stout is so good you won’t know which way’s which.
Pairs with: Calumet Queen Kolsch - 5% ABV 20 IBU
A crisp and refreshing lighter summer offering, this Kolsch-style beer is golden in color, light-bodied and a perfect remedy for hot weather. It’s also a great way to cool down after spicy Sweet Chili quinoa puffs give your tastebuds a little slap.
Pairs with: Jinx Proof Czech Style Pilsner - 35 IBU 5.1% ABV
This refreshing continental-style pils has a light body combined with a pronounced noble hop aroma and a crisp dry finish. This is the perfect beer for easy, flavorful drinking and for enjoying the real dried truffle bits in every Sea Salt Truffle quinoa puff.
Pairs with: Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker (double IPA) - 9% ABV 100 IBU $5 Half Pint
In the seemingly endless cruelty, battle and strife of the Hyborian Age, a warrior has but two pleasures: decimating one’s enemies in battle, and a horn of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker to slake the thirst of victory. Herbes de Provence quinoa puffs might not sound that tough, but try them together and feel the power.
Pairs with: Alpha King Pale Ale - ABV $5 Imperial Pint
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness, this is Three Floyd’s flagship beer so it’s only fitting to pair it with our take on the cheese poof - Aged Cheddar quinoa puffs!
Thanks again to Three Floyds Brewing Co. for the suggestions and the beers!