Reduce by Half Episode 23: Easter Beer Pairings

Surprise everyone – we’ve got a bonus episode for you, and this is something a bit different than anything we’ve done before. Earlier this week, we did a Facebook live beer pairing event where we tried 4 different beers with ham for Easter. We’re taking the audio from the Facebook live and turned it into a podcast. Take a listen to the podcast audio below, or you can watch the full video on this page as well. We also have uploaded notes on the beers we tried, plus the materials we used to help put this pairing event together. They all come from the Brewers’ Association and craftbeer.com – a big thank you to them for the materials!


Our 4 Beers

  • Geneva Lake Brewing Weekender Wheat – this was the first beer we tried, and it was a really refreshing wheat beer from our local brewery. We thought the flavors might be a little light to stand up to a roast ham for Easter. Definitely great with a salty ham sandwich.
  • Rochefort Trappistes 8 – this is one of my all time favorite beers, and the pairing recommendation of the Brewers’ Association. A Belgian Dubbel brewed by monks, the roasty, fruity, caramel flavors were excellent with the ham.
  • Goose Island Halia – a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with peaches, this beer was unique, and Abbey thought it was a lot more like wine than beer. The funky, tart, acidic, and fruity flavors worked really well with the ham. Try a peach glaze for awesome pairing.
  • New Glarus Brewing Co. Wisconsin Belgian Red – our last pairing of the night, this award winning Wisconsin beer is made with cherries. Lots of cherries. Not too sweet, the fruitiness of the beer helped the ham, and would be really good if you used a cherry coke glaze!

Beer Pairing Guides from CraftBeer.com

This is a simple pairing chart that gives you some good ideas for beer and food pairings – the Belgian-style Dubbel worked great with the ham!

This triangle helps you learn how to taste the many aspects of beers.

This mat can be printed out and used to do a beer pairing night at home with friends. Try it for a fun date night at home!


Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoyed the surprise episode. We’d love to hear your feedback on what you thought of the format. Please leave us a comment in the area below with your thoughts! If you’d like to keep getting more episodes of Reduce by Half, just click here and you can subscribe on iTunes. We’ll be back soon talking about the Big Green Egg. Cheers!

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