Spring Beer · Spring Pairing

Pasta Salad & White Aphro

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. That means warm weather, barbecue, and picnic season are nearly here! Yay!

Let’s see if this week’s pairing is warm weather ready!

The Beer: 

White Aphro is brought to us by Empire Brewing Company. My curiosity was peaked when I read that it was brewed with lavender, ginger, and lemon peel. This was a combination I had to try.

DSCN1279Style: Belgian style Wit Ale brewed with lavender, ginger, and lemon peel with 6% alc/vol

Color: Light amber

Aroma: I can detect the lemon peel and ginger, but not the lavender.

Taste: It’s a mouthful of flavors: lemon and hops are at the front, while the lavender and ginger are not as prominent. It has a bit of a bite to it.

Level of Recommendation: Good for a hot day when you want lots of flavors.

The Food: 

There are a lot of different types of pasta salads out there. I chose to do an olive oil based pasta salad since it’s been pretty hot outside in my area. I will probably try a few different pasta salad recipes in the future.

What you’ll need: DSCN1277

  • Precooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • Small mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Precook the whole wheat spiral pasta as per the instructions. Place in the fridge for a few hours to chill.

Drain the mozzarella balls (if in water). Chop up the red bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes. Toss the first five ingredients together. Drizzle the olive oil over everything and toss again. Once the olive oil is evenly coated, add in the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss again so that the herbs evenly coat the salad.

The Pairing: 

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Everything is super light. I like how the delicate flavors of the pasta salad don’t get lost next to the beer. It’s best to have both cold. My only warning would be to make sure that the red onions don’t overpower everything else.

Level of Recommendation: It’s a light pairing for a warm day’s picnic.

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