World Cup Beers!
Match of the day! This week in the Mail’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the perfect world cup beers to match scrummy global snacks inspired by the different continents.
Bite-sized beef burgers with melted cheese
Olly’s beer pairing: Metroland Two Tribes Session IPA (3.8%, 330ml) £2.20, Waitrose
This light IPA from London has a wonderful sense of purity and a hint of fragrant citrus peel. At a mere 3.8% alcohol it’s a great beer to see you through marathon viewing sessions – and it’s a champion with this recipe.
Lamb flatbreads with pomegranate and pine nuts
Olly’s beer pairing: Erdinger Alkoholfrei Wheat Beer (0.5%, 500ml) £1.50, Sainsbury’s
I simply love this low-alcohol beer and, with its wonderful fragrance, it handles aromatic spices magnificently. When it comes to tackling this minced lamb recipe, it’s so good you’ll be praying for extra time just to keep revelling in its splendour.
Sweet potato, kale and peanut curry with couscous
Olly’s beer pairing: Eko Pils (5.5%, 12 x 440ml) £45.60,
Eko Brewery specialises in African-inspired vegan beers, and this pilsner is made using coconut palm sugar in homage to the continent’s renowned palm wines. Thirst-quenching yet moreish, Eko is a great accompaniment to this mouthwatering vegetable curry.
Quick chicken empanadas with tomato salsa
Olly’s beer pairing: Quilmes (4.9%, 350ml) £1.99,
Although it hails from Argentina, this classic lager, founded in 1890 and a prominent sponsor of football, is famed across the world. Best served cold from the fridge, it’s a classic quaffer – just kick back and revel in the glory of goals.
Prawn tacos with Tequila and Mango Salsa
Olly’s beer pairing: Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale (5.4%, 4 x 330ml) £8, Tesco
A bit of a staple in my fridge thanks to its generous juiciness and lashings of tropical flavours. It’s the style of beer North America became so famous for – punchy, aromatic and totally unforgettable. And it can take as much chilli as you can handle!