Complementary flavour pairings
This brings us onto our next reason why beer and whisky is an ideal pairing.
Both whisky and beer have a strong malty undertone, you know that slightly sweet and nutty flavour? This trace from the raw materials shines in both, and even more so when drank together.
Have you ever heard of “a hauf an a hauf”? In Scotland, where single malt whisky originated and where we call home here at Ballantine’s, it’s not unusual to order a whisky with a half pint of beer at the pub or bar.
The drinker will usually have a sip of each in turn, making this an ideal way to try pairing different whiskies and beers together to see what works.
Remember, everyone has a different palate, and what your friend thinks makes a great pairing may not be your cup of tea… or dram of Scotch. The fun part is that there are endless whisky and beer combinations to try.
We live in a day and age where there are tons of different beers on the market, from traditional ales, refreshing European lagers and quirky American IPAs, and the same can be said for whisky. There’s more choice out there than ever before, including whisky spirit drinks.
Check out our whisky collection and see what takes your fancy.