Thursday, March 21, 2019

MENU's Wine of the Week is... a beer. Boston Rockhoppa IPA

We have not tasted much wine this week and this week's recipe was difficult with wine, so we think it might go with beer. Tomatoes are very hard to pair with wine. We tried a Pinotage and a Shiraz and they both turned metallic. So we have suggested beer as a good refreshing match, given that the dish also has a nice buzz from the chilli.  We enjoyed this beer at a tasting we had at Boston Beer in Paarden Island – see the article
IPA beers are very popular and frequently have an underlying citrus note, often orange. This beer,  clear and pale gold, is perfumed and mildly malty with quite complex flavours: lots of granadilla with grapefruit and lemony citrus. It is lightly bready from the barley, and finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops, refreshing , delicious and satisfying alone or with a dish like this.  As it is named for the Rock Hopper Penguin, R1 from the price of every bottle is donated to SANCCOB to support their work with penguins and other sea birds. It won Gold at the SA Beer Awards 2017

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