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Top 5 Beer & BBQ Pairings of 2018

There are two things in this world that will never go out of style, and will always go well together: Beer & BBQ. From biker rallies to backyards, this duo is sure to please. But for us, an innovation company, this begs the question: if its been this great so far, can it get better? Well, according to this infographic, it can. 

The chart [below] provides the 7 best kinds of beer to pair with the top 12 BBQ meals in the country--color coded and everything! (Side note: Mac & Cheese is on the list, and we're totally about it.)

Our faves? We're glad you asked. Here's our Top 5 Beer & BBQ Pairings to try:

 

5. Smoked Chicken // IPA - We get it, IPA's aren't for everyone... but there's something about the smokiness contained in chicken that just makes an IPA sting (in a good way, of course). 

4. Pulled Pork // Brown Ale - This pairing may seem too normal to be in the Top 5, but don't knock it 'til you try it. The decadent flavor of a brown (or even amber) ale goes perfect with light red meats like pork. Throw on a sweet & tangy sauce for an even more complimentary pair. 

3. Spare Ribs // Rauchbier - Ribs and smoke? Yes, please. The on-the-bone flavor of ribs pairs perfectly with the smoky, barley flavor of a Rauchbier. Try it, you won't be disappointed. 

2. Macaroni & Cheese // Porter - This HAD to be on our list. First of all, if you haven't had smoked Mac & Cheese, you're losing. Second of all, the deep flavor of a porter + carbs and cheese = perfection.

1. Hamburger or Hotdog // Pilsner - It's a classic that never grows old. We don't feel like we should have to explain it any further than that. If you don't get it now, you never will.

How to pair beer with barbecue favorites.