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Craft Beers That Wine Drinkers Will Love

Posted by Boelter Beverage on November 26, 2015

The surge in craft beer sales and popularity over recent years is no secret, but here’s something you probably don’t know about wine: its popularity here in the US continues to grow every year. But how do we bridge this gap and find craft beers that wine drinkers will love.

Maybe in the past a chasm existed between beer and wine, but certainly not since the advent of craft beer. As craft beer lovers, we share the same passions with wine drinkers for taste complexity, aroma, color, and the experience of flavor enhancing glassware.

So how come more wine lovers haven’t crossed over yet? We all know someone who just can’t bring him or herself to drink a beer, but they are missing out. There’s more to craft beer than the “tastes great, less filling” debates, and we’re convinced the craft beer that embodies their favorite wine characteristics will prove it.

If you or any of your wine drinking companions are curious about craft beer but aren't sure where to begin, here is a handy list of starting points: 

Pale Ales for Merlot Palates

Like Merlot, Pale Ales are often recommended as the first beer to try. They’re flavorful and inviting, well balanced for year-round appeal. Amber in color, Pales Ales offer a refreshingly hoppy aroma underscored by grassy, floral, or citrusy notes–they’re anything but pale–such as Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, a classic. A footed style glass will release its flavor to the fullest. 

Wheat Beers for Chardonnay Lovers

The tropical flavors of Chardonnays have a soul mate in Wheat Beers. While both posses similar fruity notes, wheat beers can also be infused with fresh herbs, flowers, vegetables, and other flavorings giving them an irresistible aroma. Wheat Beers are also aged in oak barrels, such as Boulevard Brewing’s Harvest Dance Wheat Wine. It offers a burst of tropical fruit flavors and subtle wine-like notes with a long, dry, oaky finish. The ideal way to experience its taste is with a wheat or pilsner glass.

Porters for Syrah Connoisseurs

These two are best known for their dark fruit flavors and aromas. Like Syrah, many winter Porters also present prominent notes of spice, while generally offering mild notes of roasted grains, chocolate and toffee. A year-round Porter, such as Bell’s Porter, is a great introductory choice, emphasizing darker, roasted aspects of malt, hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Goblet style glasses are perfect for enhancing your taste experience.

If you love these wines, you’ll want to start with these craft beers. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions here or on our Facebook page.


Topics: Beer, Beer for Wine Drinkers, Craft Beer Tips

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