While I’ve always been a fan of beer, I must say this was my first time enjoying whisky. Outside of a few run-ins with it during college, I’ve never really sat down to enjoy a nice glass of whisky. Despite my lack appreciation for it at the time, I was excited when Highland Park invited me out to a whisky and beer pairing.
If you’re anything like me, you’re sitting there thinking, “Whisky and beer pairing? Those to go together?!” Well I’m here to tell you, my friends, that they do. According to the pros at Highland Park and The Beer Enthusiast (no seriously, check him out on Instagram), the two drinks were separated at birth. Apparently, they are both made out of the same ingredients up until the whisky is distilled and the beer gets married to a few other ingredients and then brewed.
How to Drink Whisky and Beer Together
- Twirl the whisky in your cup, then smell the aromatics.
- Take a small sip of the whisky and hold it in your mouth. Chew on it for about three seconds then gulp it down.
- Drink a few sips of your paired beer.
- Take another sip of the whisky, just like before.
- Eat something good! Okay, this one wasn’t taught to me but I found that it helped cool the burning….you’ll see what I mean when you try it. 🙂
- Highland Park 12 and Bombshell Blonde
- Citrusy flavors
- After drinking the 12, take a sip of the bombshell blonde to refresh palette
- Highland Park 18 and Dogfish Indian Brown Ale
- Dogfish is a sweet, honey malt.
- The cherry notes in the 18 mixed well with the caramel flavors from the Dogfish
- Highland Park Dark Origins and Dragon’s Milk
- Dark Origins is 98% proof, so men, hold onto your britches and ladies, bring a razor (for the hair on your chest)
- Dragon’s Milk has a caramel/vanilla taste to it while the Dark Origins is strong but smooth.
Because I know that you all love food as much as I do, here’s a few pics of the smorgasbord of food that I tried. My favorite by far was the jerky, which was infused with Highland Park whisky!