My favorite potato chips are Salt & Vinegar. This is Beer & Chips Pairing: Ponysauras Brewing Don’t Be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, 6.0% ABV & Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips, and a paring of A review of Ponysauras Brewing Don’t be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, will be coming soon. These Cape Cod chips are light yellow with slight burn crisp edges and have an oily salted vinegar aroma with a nice full vinegar flavor that is complemented by the sea salt. Ponysauras Brewing Don’t be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison does wash out some of the vinegar but compliments the sea salt but the strong mouthfeel of this Ponysauras beer doesn’t help the flavor of these sea salt & vinegar chips. They do pair well with this Saison but I think that a more traditional Saison would have been a better choice, whereas this Ponysauras Saison is not so traditional to the Saison style. I give this is Beer & Chips Pairing: Ponysauras Brewing Don’t Be Mean To People Golden Rule Saison, 6.0% ABV & Cape Cod Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips a C+. It’s just slightly above average. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Another Beer & Chips Pairing is here with Allagash Brewing Tripel 9.2% ABV & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar. I have previously reviewed Allagash Tripel and will be posting that review as a Throwback Thursday review this Thursday. These White Cheddar Doritos are light yellow/orange/white hue with spice flecks on them that give you a sharp cheesy, light corn tortilla aroma. Taste of these White Cheddar Doritos is good with a nice sharp Cheddar and mild corn tortilla flavor, but when you add Allagash Tripel it washes out or cleanses your pallet of the Dorito flavors. You just get the yeasted bold flavor of Allagash Tripel. This pairing of Allagash Brewing Tripel & Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar is a C. Separately they are good but together they aren’t that good, average at best. I think a lighter beer would pair better with Frito-Lay Simply Organic Doritos White Cheddar than Allagash Brewing Tripel. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Another Beer & Chips Pairing with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock, 6.0% ABV & Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar. Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar looks like a normal Ruffles Potato Chip but with larger more pronounced ridges and a bright cheddar cheese orange color. They do have a rather pungent cheddar aroma. These cheesy Ruffles are bold with a big cheddar flavor that flows right along with Früh Bock which mutes the faint potato flavor. I think that the Cheddar flavor is so big it would be hard for some beer to wash it out, but Früh Bock does enhance the zest cheddar big it out all over you mouth with a nice crips cheddar finish and aftertaste. Olde Mecklenburg Früh Bock pairs nicely with Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar making for a great combo and getting an A-. After on back of Frito-Lays Ruffles Double Crunch Zesty Cheddar you are a bit overwhelmed with cheddar but you also full. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
This may seem like a Beer & Chips Pairing similar to the last one I posted, but this is LateJuly Organic Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips & Founders Brewing All Day IPA, 4.7% ABV. LateJuly Organic Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips are much like a cool ranch Dorito but with more of a slight green hue to them with a little sprinkling of spices and smell spicy with hints of lime zested on them. These tortilla chips have a mild spicy note to them up front with a nice light lemon flavor following it. Founders Brewing All Day IPA does wash way a bit of the Jalapeño spice but then in the middle of mouth the spice mixes with the hoppy flavor making a slightly more than mild spicy note that really fills your mouth then slowly fades as you sip on ALL Day IPA. This beer adds another level of spice to the Jalapeño and helping bring out the lime flavor and makes for a good pairing which receives a B. The Jalapeño flavor is mild as is the Lime flavor, but they aren’t. That holds it slightly lower but the beer adds to these LateJuly Organic Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips which helps bring out the intended flavors. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
The Cape Cod brand of potato chips has been around for as long as I can remember and these are Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño which I paired with a recent beer review Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA 6.5% ABV. Now for future reference if you are going to have spicy food and you’d like to have a nice beer with it you can’t go wrong with an IPA. These Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño chips look much like your average chips but with little bits of green Jalapeño bits sprinkled on top T.he hops in this fruity IPA, The Blueprint complements the sweetness that hit you tongue quickly upfront then the hops do cut the Jalapeño spice in the middle which then the fruitiness of the beer blends nicely with the spicy finish of these Cape Cod chips. The hops profile of an IPA does blend well and keep the spiciness of spicy food down a bit. This was a good pairing a B+, the sweetness was minimal and there was more of the Jalapeño flavor they than anything else but was still good and went nicely with Birds Fly South Ale Project The Blue Print IPA, which is a great IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Here we are with another Beer and Chips paring and another Quillo this is their Fried Egg Chips paired with Allagash White Ale, 5.1% ABV. Quillo are chips from Sevilla Spain and Allagash White from Portland Maine. Quillo Fried Egg has what looks like black pepper sprinkled on them and have a very potato fried egg aroma, no as far as the chips flavor the hit the fried egg flavors right on the head, it’s like you are actually eating a fried egg. Allagash White is a beer that I’ve previously review and find it to be a great example of a Belgian White Ale, and interacts nicely when sipped on after partaking in a Quillo Fried Egg Chip, it does a nice job in taking away some of the full-on saltiness to the chip without taking it completely away giving you a nice fried egg flavor that goes well with the slightly fruity spiced body of Allagash White, which would also pair nicely with an actual fried eggs. I give these chips and this pairing a B+. I found that after eating one bag my mouth is a little bit overwhelmed with fried egg flavor, but it is still good and is a good pairing. Beer and Chips Pairing will return in two week as usual. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
This is a new bi-weekly segment pairing a different beer with different potato chips. I have this week paired Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner, 4.8% ABV. Captain James Jack Pilsner is a German-style Pilsner from Charlotte North Carolina and this style of beer pairs well with both Spanish style Ham and potato chips. Quillo Chips from Sevilla Spain are yellow with crispy toasted edges with a big Somme aroma with some saltiness with a smoky, salty crispy flavor that pairs well with the crisp Pilsner beer of Captain James Jack. Captain James Jack Pilsner washes some of the smoky flavors out leaving a mild salted note and as the crisp Pilsner hits the back of the throat the smoky flavor rises back and continues on with the crisp finish of Captain James Jack Pilsner and the same for the aftertaste with a salted smoked ham aftertaste. Overall Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor are good chips with a nice complement of smoky ham flavor to the salty chip and with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner it really pairs well with it because Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham can be paired with any good Pilsner beer, the Pilsner doesn’t overpower the hams smoky flavor and compliments the crispy salted flavor. Quillo Chips Jamón Ibérico Spanish Ham flavor is an A grade chip and paired with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner make this pairing a B+. Solid paring but this Pilsner does take away from the smokey ham flavor in the middle but does come back on the end and aftertaste keep this pairings grade relatively high. This new segment will return in two weeks with another Pairing, Beer, and Chips. Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!