Spanish food is an all time favourite of mine. For this post, my dad prepared and beer-paired a delicious paella for the family. There was actually a cool booklet in Dunnes Stores with suggestions of beer with food pairings to try with their craft range. Dad likes Spanish dishes too so he chose the combination of paella with the recommended Estrella Damm Inedit.
This is a witbier style beer from Barcelona, 4.8% abv in a nice big 75cl bottle. Inedit is a special brew by Estrella Damm in collaboration with Chef Ferran Adrià and sommeliers from the restaurant he manages, El Bulli. The recipe for this dish is also Ferran Adrià's.
The vivacious nose of Inedit is citrus, yeast and floral while the appearance is a hazy, light-gold colour with good retention on the pale white head. The first sip is tantalizing, the second is when the smooth mouth feel rests on the palate. There are flavours of orange & lemon shandy, licorice, wheat and even a coconut note hiding in there.
Citrus of the beer with the oily chorizo in the dish go great together, not to mention the coriander with the floral aroma of Inedit. Fried eggs get washed down well by the carbonation, rice is complemented by the creaminess of the beer and that hint of coconut too. Dad has a passion for cooking good food and also loves well crafted beer, he is a legendary partner in crime for beer tasting and therefore an ideal cameo appearance on Jamiesbeertalk.
What did we have for dessert? - I hear you ask - well the stronger stuff emerged in the form of Sierra Nevada's special edition of Narwhal, from the 'Trip in the woods' barrel aged series. Hot damn! That's a good beer and especially for after a meal paired with a beer, when you want to kick it up a notch. This beauty tastes like a rum soaked cherry bomb in your mouth with an almost soy flavour to the palate initially then incredibly complex wood and vanilla flavours from the maturing in bourbon barrels. Roasted almonds, black currant jam, dark chocolate, alcohol and chilli heat followed by a lingering molasses sweetness yet marmite, salty undertone. This double imperial stout is a treat that packs a wallop at 9.8% abv so best for sharing.