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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.88


With Rib Fest, one of Fargo’s most attended events of the summer starting this week.  I thought it would be fitting to pair some beers with pork ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. Finding the right beer to balance the flavors and spiciness of barbecue may seem over-whelming but beer is the perfect companion to whatever you’re barbecuing. The three most common ways to pair beer with any food is contrast, complement or cut.


Most barbecue sauces are a combo of sweet and acidic, sugar and vinegar, in one form or another with sauces ranging from mild to intense spiciness. Fortunately, beer’s carbonation cuts through barbecue’s fire and spice while refreshing and recharging the palate. At the same time, its complexity can complement the layers of flavor in any slab of meat.


Pork Ribs – balance the spiciness of the sauce

Fulton 300 Mosaic IPA – ABV: 7.0% IBU: 74

Fargo Brewing Company Iron Horse Pale Ale  – ABV: 4.8% IBU: 32

Schell Fort Road Helles Lager – ABV 5.1%

LakeFront Fixed Gear Red IPA – ABV: 6.8% IBU: 35



Pulled Pork – balance the richness

Summit Extra Pale Ale (EPA) – ABV: 5.2% IBU: 45

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Ultra-Mega- Mongo Red Ale – ABV: 8.8% IBU: 55

Odell 90 Shilling Ale – ABV: 5.3% IBU: 27

Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter – ABV: 5.6% IBU: 22


Beef Brisket – balance the smokiness

Samuel Adams Boston Lager – ABV: 4.9% IBU: 30

Schell Firebrick Lager – ABV: 5.1% IBU: 25

Rhombus Guys Brewing Company Into The Darkness Porter – ABV: 4.8% IBU: 30

Fargo Brewing Company Stones Throw Scottish Ale – ABV: 4.5% IBU: 19




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