Like wine? Here’s how it matches up to craft beers – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Craft beer is drawing a female following that wants to know more about the different tastes beer can offer.

A new favorite can be predictable, those in the industry say.

If a customer likes a sweeter wine, for example, they would most likely prefer a cider, mead or cyser when it comes to craft beer, says Charmel Davis, general manager and co-owner of Bogtrotters Irish Pub, Grub & Tap.

Selection can even be determined by how a beer, like a wine, feels in the customer’s mouth, a characteristic known as “mouth feel,” says Kate Hayes, wholesale manager and employee educator at Prairie Berry East Bank. The weight of the wine and the bitterness can translate into the world of beer.

“Ninety-five percent of the time, we can match something to the beer,” she says. Prairie Berry sells wines from its own brewery in Hill City and beers from Miner Brewing Co., founded in 2013 on the Prairie Berry property.

Hayes and the staff are also able to suggest a food paring based on a customer’s preferences. “You need to be eating something that is less sweet than you’re drinking,” she says.

Interest in craft beers is evident in part by a group that started called Girls Pint Out, a chance for women to do beer tours and talk about craft beers.

At Bogtrotters, some of the craft beers have the tastes of favorite foods. There’s banana bread, pretzels and spicy chili for starters. There’s chocolate, vanilla and coffee, too. And don’t forget root beer and ginger ale.

Davis says she often sees customers who come in hating beer but leave happy to have tried it and a fan of a specific flavor.

She has seen it happen with the chocolate stout she sells. “It’s really rich, and it’s sweet, also,” she says. “We can give a lady a beer and she’s hated beer all her life, and she says, ‘This is really good.’”

Davis used to hate beer, too, but with the exception of lagers, now is a fan.

“As you drink more craft beer, your tastes change as well, like when you’re growing up you’re a picky child or a picky eater,” she says. “You’ll like something you hated before.”

Bogtrotters has a system that allows customers to sample beers on tap. With a prepaid card, the system has a flow meter to measure how many ounces are poured, and it charges by the ounce. Selections are made on a screen, which includes a description of each beer. The tap pulls for the samples are decorative, which tend to be a customer draw, Davis says.

Bogtrotters sells craft beers from the region, including some local and area breweries on tap.

From wine to beer

Wine and beer matching, according to Kate Hayes with Prairie Berry East Bank. All wines are from Prairie Berry Winery, while the beers are from Miner Brewing Co., both in Hill City.

If you like this wine:

Anna Pesa Chardonay

Characteristics: Fresh, light, bright flavor with a burst of green apple. Lightly oaked, mellow acidity, dry.

Then you might like this beer:

Miner White IPA

Characteristics: Grapefruit summit hops gives this a grapefruit tone. Citrus with a bit of bitterness for a balanced beer.

Food pairings

Goat cheese. “IPAs can be a little bigger than goat cheese, but it’s a great match.” The cheese brings out the citrus notes.

Anna Pesa Meritage

Characteristics: A traditional blended wine of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, which softens the wine. This is a heavier wine on the palate, similar to a heavier beer.

Miner Oatmeal Stout

Characteristics: From a family of dark beers, this has a dry feel and is packed with flavor. With hints of caramel and coffee, it is similar to characteristics in a red wine.

Food pairings

Espresso-rubbed asiago-style cheese, which has the espresso flavor balanced with the creaminess of the cheese. The stout also goes well with chocolate cake or can be made into a float with a scoop of ice cream.

Red Ass Rhubarb

Characteristics: Prairie Berry’s top seller and most award-winning wine has a raspberry flavor up front that fades to an earthy rhubarb, an intense balance of fruity and tart.

Miner Sour House Strawberry Bieres de Garde

Characteristics: Sours are a hybrid between wine making and beer making and is aged in oak barrels. The living yeast in the beer means it has to be stored away from other brews on a different part of the property. It must age for six months. With a higher alcohol content, the beer is more for sipping and is only sold in 8-ounce servings instead of 16-ounce glasses. The beer is denser, richer and bigger.

Food pairings

A spicy nut mix, a young cheese board with goat cheese and brie or Kick Ass compote, which is a rhubarb, raspberry and jalapeno mix served over cream cheese.

At Bogtrotters Irish Pub, Grub & Tap, co-owner and manager Charmel Davis recommends craft beer choices based on what people like to drink and eat. If a customer likes Riesling or Moscato wine, for example: “I know they would like ciders and meads because they’re fruity and sweet,” she says. Here are some craft beer recommendations based on customer tastes.

Like champagne?

Try Lambic Cuvee Rene, a Belgium cyser that also is available in fruity flavors, including peach and raspberry.

A fan of root beer or ginger ale?

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is better than the soda pop, Davis says. “It’s a craft beer that tastes exactly like root beer.” For a ginger ale twist, try New Grist Ginger Beer. It’s also gluten free.

Is chocolate a food group?

If you love chocolate, Samuel Smith has Organic Chocolate Stout. It’s rich and sweet. One customer who said she hated beer her entire life tried the chocolate stout and said it was really good, Davis says.

Beer with food flavors?

Sometimes food favorites can help identify what kind of craft beer is appealing. Take the Wells bottled beer at Bogtrotters. What does it taste like? “Banana bread,” Davis says. And Shock Top on tap? “Pretzels.” The brew would go great with a cheese dip, she says.

Spicy flair?

Try Billy’s Chilies, which is spicy without being over the top. Ghost Face Killah is another hot pepper spicy brew, but it is so hot that Davis doesn’t even carry it.

Cyser?

These are brews for people who enjoy a sweeter wine. Zombie Killer, for example, is made in Michigan and includes tart cherry juice, apple cider and honey to combine as a balanced beer.