Why Craft Beers Are a Great Match with Curry
Beer and curry – it’s a classic partnership that’s been enjoyed for years across the UK, and there’s no doubt an ice-cold lager goes down a treat with your Friday night takeaway. But, if you’re ready to take it to a different level, then you need to start experimenting with some of the craft ales that are shaking up the beer and food partnerships at the moment.
Why it Works
Curry and beer are a match made in heaven because of two factors: the bubbles and the hops. The bubbles cleanse the palate, preparing it for each new mouthful, so you can really experience the spices. The bitterness of the hops, on the other hand, is great at cutting through the heat and spice. For those of you who like a really spicy curry – the stronger the ABV of the beer you’re drinking, the hotter the curry will taste!
Lagers and Indian pale ales are the most popular choices with curry, and for good reason. They have that perfect blend of carbonation and hoppy bitterness. But wheat beers, blonde ales and even milk stouts can work brilliantly with a curry too. It’s because they share similar flavour profiles with plenty of rich and delicious spice notes like coriander, cardamom and ginger.
Start at the less spicy, creamier end of things with a good lager and a chicken korma. The gentle sweetness and light fizz of Cobra works brilliantly with either korma or our classic butter chicken. Try a wheat beer with the more intense flavours of our vegetarian dishes, and take your pick from out tandoori grill with a dangerously delicious IPA.
With a flavour bomb like our Madras curry, choose an IPA where the hops have been turned up to maximum volume – it’s a match made in heaven. And, if you love the rich and earthy flavours of our lamb dishes, then try a full-bodied stout.
Good for you?
Craft beer and curry can be great for your health, with ales packed with zinc, cholesterol-cutting hops and insulin fighting chromium that won’t leave you feeling bloated or stuffed. If you’re looking for a great Indian restaurant in Edinburgh with dishes to match the best craft beers in the world, visit the Spice Lounge Kitchen or contact us and make a reservation today.