At Brickyard Hollow, we believe that great craft beer and tasty brewery food go hand in hand. That’s why we put together this quick beer and food pairing guide.

Did you know that some brews complement certain dishes better than others? Beer and food pairing creates a combination that enhances both flavors and, when done correctly, can transform your meal. With so many craft beers and delicious food options to choose from at Brickyard Hollow, it can be difficult to create the perfect pairing. That’s where we come in!

In our Brickyard Hollow beer and food pairing guide, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite brews, talk about their flavor profiles, and show you how to pair them with the perfect dish at our restaurant breweries.  

Just poured IPA in a Brickyard Hollow glassLatchstring DIPA: 

First up in our beer and food pairing guide is our Latchstring DIPA. Intense tropical fruit and citrus flavors dominate this brew. Nearly 3 pounds per barrel of late addition hops goes into our opaque, orange, double dry hopped NEIPA. 

The imperial IPA beer style has some of the highest alcohol content, but the increase in hops from the original IPA beer recipe gives it a more bitter taste and doesn’t bring the same malt taste that barley wine does. If you’re a fan of the original India pale ale flavor, the imperial IPA is the perfect craft beer for you to explore!

Bolder than the IPA, the Double IPA has a very strong flavor profile that goes well with rich foods. Stop by our Yarmouth Brewpub location to enjoy Latchstring with a delicious maple bacon burger, or with one of our epic pizzas that features smoked pulled pork, gouda mac and cheese, and jalapeño cornbread. Talk about comfort food! 

Trestle IPA:

Next on the list, and one of our favorites, Trestle IPA is full-bodied, juicy, and hazy. Our flagship beer is generously hopped with citra and amarillo, giving a citrus forward flavor with light notes of hoppy pine on the finish. 

 IPA’s are characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney or resinous. This beer style is all about hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. An IPA is a great choice to counterbalance salty, fried, and heavy foods. The citrus flavor notes of a Trestle offers a nice equalizer to heavier dishes. Grab your summer crew and head to our new Ogunquit location! While you’re there, pair Trestle with some bacon beer cheese fries and a classic pepperoni pizza. 

1901 Kolsch:

This crisp, crushable German-style Pilsner is made with all Maine barley and hops from Blue Ox Malthouse. Our 1901 Kolsch is light and drinkable with a touch of muted fruitiness. 

The Kolsch style originated in Cologne, Germany. Kolsch is fermented with top-fermenting ale yeast but then finished in cold temperatures like a lager. The result is a style that exhibits some of the best characteristics of both categories.

Kolsch-style beers tend to be light and drinkable, bringing out flavors and pairing well with salads and bread-based dishes. The next time you’re at our Portland location, pair a refreshing 1901 Kolsch with a strawberry feta salad and salmon power bowl or cleanse your palate with carbonation between bites of a blueberry, shallot, and ricotta pizza. 

Pratt’s Brook Pilsner:

Continuing on our beer and food pairing guide, the easy-drinking Pratt’s Brook Pilsner is the perfect brew for a hot summer day. Pratt’s Brook features bread and honey malt flavors, balanced by a big late addition of Azacca hops. This beer is crisp, refreshing, and almost spicy, with notes of tropical fruit and pine. 

Pilsners are refreshing, with a little more of a bite than your typical lager. The bitterness of the pilsner contrasts the sweetness of seafood, and they pair beautifully with spicy dishes.

The next time you’re exploring downtown Freeport, take a break and come see us on Bow Street! Enjoy a Pratt’s Brook in the sunshine paired with our cajun shrimp pizza or crispy pork banh mi bowl. 

English Style Bitter:

This traditional bitter features well-balanced hops and malts and is copper in color with a medium-light body and a honey-like aroma. The English malt provides a nutty, bready, and slightly toasty flavor that is well-balanced by an earthy hop bitterness.

Think of this as a traditional English Pub Beer. It pairs well with traditional meat dishes and savory foods. The mashed potato and bacon craft pizza, cheesy breadsticks, or farm fries at our Yarmouth Pizza location would all be a delicious complement to this easy-drinking pale ale.

We can’t think of a better way to spend summer in Maine than with great food, beer, and the people you love. These are just a few of our many excellent beers, so be sure to come to see what’s on tap and try a beer and food pairing the next time you’re at Brickyard. Trust us, this will enhance your experience. Don’t forget that most of our dishes can be modified to be gluten-free, and we cater to many dietary needs!