Appetizers · Summer beers · Summer Pairing

Sardines and Summer Ale

I wanted to be a little adventurous this week and try something completely new as well as healthy. I’ve been doing some research into different fish and came across sardines. Now, I’m still a little intimidated by cooking fish from scratch, so I opted to try them in their canned form.

Can these cute little fish make a yummy meal with a nice summer ale? Let’s find out!

The Beer: 

DSCN1347I chose Blue Point’s Summer Ale. The bottle described the taste as a “refreshing clean crisp flavor” which I predict will pair nicely with the canned sardines. There’s also a shark on the bottle and Shark Week starts this week, so I couldn’t resist trying this beer.

Style: Summer Ale with alc/vol 4.5%

Color: Medium amber

Aroma: Hops and a hint of citrus

Taste: Smooth and summery

Level of Recommendation: An easy beer to drink in the summer heat

The Food: 

This dish can work as a meal for one person or as an appetizer for a summer get together. I also recommend picking up canned sardines that are in olive oil.

What you’ll need: DSCN1345

  • 1 can of sardines in olive oil
  • 4 hearty crackers
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh dill

Spread the goat cheese onto the hearty crackers, be careful to not break the crackers into too many pieces. Open the sardines and remove any excess oil. Place one person cracker. Sprinkle with chopped dill.

The Pairing: 


The fish is nice and smoky, which I think works well with the refreshing taste of the beer. It’s a well balanced flavor combination. I especially love the fresh dill, though don’t add too much because it can get over powering at times.

Level of Recommendation: Great as a beach themed appetizer or when you wish you lived by the sea year round.


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