As you loyal readers know, we prepared a beer dinner for our mom’s birthday last month, featuring Wholly Guacamole’s spicy variety. When we expressed our interest in doing an entirely guacamole-themed tasting, Wholly Guacamole sent us some of their flavors to sample!
Wholly Guacamole mailed us five delicious varieties: Classic, Spicy Homestyle, Hatch Chile, Spicy, and Three Chile. We decided to serve each dip with the same basic blue corn chips so no other flavors would compete with the guac and the beer. We chose a craft beer that we thought would pair well with each dip, and also served Dos Equis Ambar with each “course.” Dos Equis is our favorite Mexican lager, and we decided to serve it in addition to the craft option because it’s widely available. You might not be able to find all of the beers that we chose, but you can definitely track down Dos Equis!
We started things off with WG Classic and Old Scratch by Flying Dog. The Classic is very similar to homemade guac: creamy, fresh, and loaded with avo chunks. It’s classically tasty, indeed. Now, as you readers may know, we BBs are often confused by amber beers. What flavor is supposed to predominate? What, besides the color, makes an amber an amber ? What is happening in this thing? NOW we get it. The Old Scratch has a malty sweetness that worked oh-so-perfectly with the saltiness of the chips. This surprisingly good pairing was just what we need to get our tasting off on the right foot!
Next we tried the Spicy Homestyle with the Queen of the Night Pale Ale. The Spicy Homestyle was a crowd favorite. It’s creamier than the classic, almost like guac blended with salsa or pico, and has a hint of cilantro. We’ve tried several beers by Los Muertos and have always been a little disappointed, but their pale ale ain’t half bad. The bitter aftertaste paired delightfully with the slight spice of the guacamole. All in all, another great combo.
Up third: Hatch Chile, one of WG’s new flavors. Let us be the first to tell you that this puppy is spicy. Hatch seems to be a very distinct and potent chile, and it was actually a bit too strong for our palates. However, this was the best pairing of the night. Who knew that wheat beers are so perfect with spicy guacamole?
We served the Hatch with Flying Dog’s In-Heat Wheat and the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The yeastiness of the both beers cut the spice perfectly, but the Hefeweissbier was the overall winner. It’s so rich and full bodied for such a light style. Those German brewers sure do know what they’re doing. Maybe it’s because they’ve been practicing for roughly a thousand years? 😉
With the spicy variety, which we’ve had many times, we went with a classic pairing: Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA. As you’ll remember from our mom’s birthday beer dinner, IPAs go particularly well with spicy. In fact, the general pairing recommendation Bear Republic makes for the Racer 5 is “spicy foods.” WG Spicy is such a solid guac; it has just enough heat so that it doesn’t leave your mouth burning, but is a bit more flavorful than the Classic. The Racer 5 is similarly balanced. It’s medium-bodied, not too hoppy, not too malty, and has just the right amount of citrus. Much like the WG Spicy, it seems designed to please a variety of palates.
We unknowingly saved the best for last by serving WG’s other new flavor, Three Chile, as our final course. Despite the name, this dip isn’t spicy, but it is packed with flavor. Poblano, roasted hatch, and jalepeño peppers combine with avacodo to create a rich, creamy guac that’s mellowed by the addition of tomatillo. Since this dip is a bit milder, we decided to pair it with a spicy beer: Stone’s Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers! It was neat that this course was the exact opposite of the third; the slight spiciness that the beer left on your palate was quenched by the cool, creamy guacamole.
Although we enjoyed every guac, our favorites were the Spicy Homestyle and the Three Chile. We loved the pairing of hatch and wheat beer, but the new Hatch Chile flavor was a bit too spicy for us, so next time we’d probably put the wheats with Spicy Homestyle, or our old standby, Spicy. Finally, did you think we forgot about the Dos Equis?? It paired decently with each dip, but we think it best suits Classic and Spicy Homestyle.
Which combo would you like to try?
Do you have a pairing suggestion for next time?
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