Food and Drink Pairings

Better Together- Know Your Popular Food and Drink Pairings

There are some things that everyone knows go together: peanut butter and jam, salt and pepper, nights out and friends. But on nights out with friends, people might not know the importance of another important pairing… which bar food and drinks go best together? Here, we’ll break down some of the most complimentary duos to satisfy your hunger and thirst the next time you head out to the pub.

1. Drink: Special Pale Ale (SPA)
First brewed over 30 years ago, Special Pale Ale is one of Ontario's original craft beers. This beer is deep copper in colour and combine biscuit and caramel flavours with a subtle citron finish. It’s these unique taste combinations that give this beer such an interesting variety of ideal food and snack pairings.

Food Pairings

  • Top Sirloin
  •  Pizza
  •  Mexican Food - complements the spices of cumin, jalapeño and cilantro
  • Burgers
  • Wings
  • Bar Snack and Cheese Pairings
  • Warm Cheddar Cheese Dip: the tangy taste of cheddar highlights the delicate hop profile of SPA and the two make a great duo!
  • Other cheese such as Stilton, Blue Cheese and aged Gouda: the richness of these cheeses also combines with the sweetness of the SPA to produce a winning formula

2. Drink: Helles Lager
Inspired by traditional German light lagers, this award-winning beer offers a smooth and crisp taste to
passionate and casual beer fans alike. The light beer’s malt sweetness gives it many appropriate hearty
and savoury food pairings.

Food Pairings

  • Fried Foods (Wings/French Fries)
  • Nachos
  • Pork Schnitzel
  • Light Seafood (Shellfish)
  • Fish & Chips
  • Grilled Chicken or Pork
  • Light Pasta dishes
  • Mexican/Spicy Food

Bar Snack and Cheese Pairings

  • Various nuts (peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pistachios)
  • Soft cheeses such as Havarti, Brie and Camembert


3. Drink: Upside IPA
This IPA is packed with fruit tastes of peach, grapefruit and tropical hop flavours. Based in the New
England-style, the ideal mix of bitterness and juicy fruit taste gives a unique feel that works well with
many typical pub food offerings. Foods that are a good match for this beer include those that have
similarly strong tastes. Spicy foods especially that provide a strong kick can benefit from the cool-down
and palate cleanse that this IPA provides.
Food Pairings

  • Spicy Foods
  • Fish Tacos
  • Indian Foods (Curry)
  • Ribeye Steak

Bar Snack and Cheese Pairings

  • Pizza Roll
  • Cheddar Bacon Dip
  • Mild Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Cambozola, Goat Cheese

No matter which drink you go with for your night out, rest assured that you now have the knowledge to choose the ideal dish and snacks to make sure your taste buds have just as much fun as you do!