Dessert Pairing · Summer beers · Summer Pairing

S’mores and Marshallville

Summer is the season for backyard barbecues! And the best way to finish the evening off is with fire roasted s’mores. It’s the prefect sweet treat to end the day.

I’ve picked Marshallville by Tuckahoe Brewing Company (another brew created in New Jersey) to pair with this summer dessert. Will the honey and spices mix well with the chocolate and marshmallow goodness?

The Beer: 

The bottle art is eye-catching and I can’t help but love the ship on the label. It’s a prefect match since I was at the beach all last week.

Style: Belgian Style Ale brewed with honey and spices and has 5.0% alc/vol

Color: Medium yellow color, almost like wheat

Aroma: Honey

Taste: Light, a little acidic, and lots of honey

Level of Recommendation: When you want a beer that’s a little on the sweet side, but isn’t fruity.

The Food: 

S’mores are a staple of summer time food. Whether you make them over the grill, in a blazing fire, or over your kitchen burning (I had a friend in college who would make them over our electric stove), s’mores are always a welcome end to a hot summer day.

What you’ll need: DSCN1314

  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate

Roast your marshmallow over your favorite heat source. I prefer an open fire or on the left over coals of a grill. I take my time turning the marshmallows over and over to get an even brown crispy shell, but burning them to a crisp is perfectly acceptable as well.

Once your marshmallow has been cooked to your desired taste, transfer the marshmallow to a graham cracker with chocolate on it.

Enjoy right away.

(Pro tip: add in some caramel to create shutter-uppers*)

The Pairing: 

DSCN1316

This was a super yummy pairing. The chocolate might be a little overpowering at first, but the refreshing taste of the beer balances out the flavors. The graham cracker adds to the honey flavors.

Level of Recommendation: Good for an after dinner dessert type pairing.

*shutter-uppers are named because the melted caramel and marshmallow combination would make it difficult for us talk after eating.

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