When it comes to pairing beer with food, sometimes the best matches come from unexpected combinations. One such combination that may surprise you is a Pale Ale beer with spicy foods. Fin City Brewing Company’s White Marlin Pale Ale is a great example of a beer that complements spicy flavors with its light, smooth, and full-flavored taste.
At Fin City Brewing Company, they named this beer White Marlin Pale Ale as an homage to local fishermen as well as all fishermen who travel to Ocean City, Maryland, to compete in the largest and richest billfish tournament in the world. This exceptional ale is brewed with pale, caramel, and wheat malts and aggressively hopped with a blend of three hop varieties in three separate additions, providing a clean bitterness that complements the heat of spicy foods.
One classic example of a spicy dish that pairs well with White Marlin Pale Ale is Maryland steamed crabs with JO spice. JO spice is a traditional Chesapeake Bay seasoning made from a blend of spices, including mustard seed, bay leaves, and celery seed, that is used to season crabs and other seafood. The spice blend adds a bold and spicy flavor to the crabs, and the light, crisp, and refreshing qualities of the Pale Ale complement the heat, while also refreshing the palate.