How to Pair Irish Craft Beer with Pub Fare at Brannigan’s

If you’re a foodie or a beer enthusiast, you know that finding the perfect pairing is everything. At Brannigan’s, we have some exciting news for you because we’re about to share some seriously delicious combinations of Irish craft beer and pub fare. 

Pairing Irish Craft Beers with Pub Favorites

Let’s start with the stars of the show: the Irish craft beers; we’re proud to offer a stellar lineup of brews that perfectly complement our hearty dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for a smooth and malty O’Hara’s Irish Red or a hoppy and citrusy Rascals Session IPA, there’s something for every palate to enjoy. But the big question is, how do you pair these brews with your meal?

➡️ 3 Must-Try Irish Craft Beers at Brannigan’s Pub

When it comes to pairing beer with food, it’s all about balance. 

The beauty of craft beer and food pairing is that there are no hard and fast rules, so go ahead, mix and match to your heart’s content. You want to find flavours that complement and enhance each other— obviously, you don’t need a degree in culinary arts to master the art of pairing, this is why we’ve got some tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you become a pro in no time!

Irish Craft Beer and Food Pairing Tips

Here are some tips to help you pair Irish craft beer with pub favourites:

  • Match intensity: Pair bold, full-flavoured beers with hearty, robust dishes. For instance, try a rich, malty beer with beef stew or a hoppy IPA with spicy chicken wings. The beer’s strong flavours will stand up well to the dish’s hearty flavours, creating a satisfying combination.
  • Find complementary flavours: Seek out beers with flavours that complement the dish you’re enjoying. For example, a citrusy beer can enhance the flavour of seafood, while a malty beer can complement the sweetness of barbecue sauce. 
  • Contrast flavours: Sometimes, contrasting flavours can create a surprising and delightful balance. For instance, a crisp, refreshing beer can cut through the richness of a creamy dish, or a bitter beer can balance the sweetness of a dessert. 
  • Consider regional pairings: Embrace the local flavours by pairing regional dishes with craft beers brewed in the same area. For example, enjoy a traditional Dublin stew with a Dublin craft beer for an authentic taste of the region’s culinary and brewing heritage.
  • Take note of beer styles: Different beer styles have distinct flavour profiles that can complement specific types of food. Lighter beers like lagers and wheat beers often pair well with lighter fare such as salads or seafood, while darker beers like stouts and porters complement heartier dishes like roasts or grilled meats.
  • Experiment and have fun: Ultimately, beer and food pairing is a matter of personal preference, so don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with it! Try different combinations, take note of what you enjoy, and let your taste buds be your guide. With a spirit of exploration, you’re sure to discover some fantastic pairings.

Top 5 Irish Craft Beer and Pub Food Pairing Ideas

Now that you know the basics of beer and food pairing, let’s dive into some specific Irish craft beer and pub food pairings you can try at Brannigan’s.

  1. Beef and Guinness Casserole with O’Hara’s Irish Red

Beef and Guinness Casserole is a classic Irish dish that is hearty, rich, and flavourful. It’s made with tender beef, root vegetables, and of course, Guinness beer. Pair it with O’Hara’s Irish Red, a smooth and malty beer with a hint of caramel. The caramel notes in the beer perfectly complement the savoury flavours of the casserole, creating a comforting and satisfying meal.

  1. Spicy Beef Nachos with Rascals Session IPA

If you’re in the mood for something spicy, try our Spicy Beef Nachos paired with Rascals Session IPA. The hoppy bitterness of the beer cuts through the heat of the nachos, while the citrusy aroma adds a burst of freshness to every bite. It’s a perfect combination of spice and zest that will leave you craving more.

  1. Buttermilk Golden Fried Chicken with O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale

For a lighter option, try our buttermilk golden fried chicken paired with O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale. The beer’s crisp and refreshing character complements the chicken’s crunchy texture, while its subtle maltiness enhances the dish’s savoury flavour. It’s a perfect pairing for a sunny day when you just want to kick back and relax.

  1. Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with O’Hara’s Irish Red

If you’re craving a classic sandwich, try our Hot Roast Beef Sandwich. It’s made with hot roast beef on toasted ciabatta with mustard mayo, tomato, onions, and rocket. The tender beef, tangy mustard, and fresh veggies make a perfect combo. Pair it with a pint of O’Hara’s Irish Red for a smooth, malty flavour that complements the savoury beef and enhances the sandwich’s richness.

  1. Prime Irish Beef Burger with Rascals Session IPA

Of course, we can’t forget about our Prime Irish Beef Burger, the king of all pub classics. Pair it with Rascals Session IPA, a hoppy and citrusy beer that stands up to the hearty beef burger. The beer’s effervescence helps cleanse the palate between bites, making it the ultimate comfort food combo that will satisfy even the most discerning burger enthusiasts.

So there you have it, the ultimate guide to pairing craft beer with pub fare at Brannigan’s, Dublin. 

Whether you’re in the mood for something hearty and savoury or something spicy and refreshing, we have a beer and food pairing that will hit the spot. We hope you come down to our cosy corner of Dublin and indulge in some seriously delicious eats and drinks. Cheers to good times and great flavours!