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March 6, 2013

Freye's Leap IPA pairs well with Buffalo Wings

Nothing beats a well seasoned, perfectly crisped plate of hot Buffalo Wings.

Originating in Buffalo, N.Y., these beloved deep-fried chicken wings are a staple bar and pub food around the nation. While wings can come in an assortment of different flavors, to wing enthusiasts Buffalo Wings mean one thing: HEAT.

Chad Lothian of Bangor, Maine and author of the beer blog “If My Coasters Could Talk,” is not one to shy away from a spicy mountain of buffalo wings. Says Lothian, “When I am out at the pub, one of my favorite things to order is a nice big plate of Buffalo Wings.”

A hearty helping of wings on his plate brings along with it a hearty helping of spicy seasoning. To cleanse the palate and keep you coming back for more wings, Lothian suggests drinking a tall pint of Sebago Brewing Company’s (located in Bangor) Freye’s Leap IPA.

Generally speaking, India Pale Ales tend to have a heavy malt backbone, giving them a signature rich flavor. Freye’s Leap IPA adds an extra hint of caramel that not only delivers a mild sweetness to your palate, it also gives the beverage a golden-brown hue.

Says Lothian, “The hops in the beer will help slash through that (Buffalo Wing) heat and neutralize the whole dish, keeping your palate cleansed and ready for more.”

To see more beer pairings from Chad Lothian, or to read his blog “If My Coasters Could Talk” head to our online Food Page and search for “beer pairing.”

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