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May 22, 2013

Jalapeno heat cooler: Amber lager a great match for nachos

Amber lager a great match for nachos

“When I’m out at the pub with my friends, I like to order a heaping plate of nachos for the whole table to share,” Chad Lothian explains.

If you are anything like this beer blogger from Maine, you probably want a brew to accompany that meal. We are all used to light beers that only cool down your palate after eating a jalapeno, but then leave you needing more. Lothian chooses a beer that complements all the flavors of nachos, as well as handles all the heat that comes with them, and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

Dirigo Crimson Lager, made here in the United States by Bull Jagger Brewing Co., is an amber lager that’s full-bodied and malty. Lothian says it can handle spicy flavors and cut through many of the flavors on a plate of nachos.

Lager beer is the most widely available beer on the commercial market. There are a few different styles of lager, dark and pale, as well as having a wide range of alcohol content ranging from around 5 percent, to more potent lagers, which can reach alcohol volumes in excess of 10 percent.

You will not be disappointed with this pairing, that has just as much flavor as a hot plate of nachos.

You can follow Lothian’s blog, If My Coaster Could Talk, at http://bit.ly/162SkTz.Jala

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