Booze & BBQ Pairings: Your Summer Guide

Everyone loves to grill in the summertime. Most put hours into the best marinade, making sure they have enough bacon to feed their carnivorous crowd, and perfecting their pasta salad recipe. The beer and wine to go with it is usually an afterthought, a quick trip to the corner store before the crowd arrives. We are here to bring your summer barbeques to THE NEXT LEVEL with amazing wine and beer pairings to go along with your favorite grilling staples.

Beer and Burgers

These two words just go so naturally together, like Fish & Chips or Coors Light & Beer Pong. Everyone loves a good summer burger and the jackpot of various flavors coming from a fresh-off-the-grill cheeseburger become even more delightful with the right beer.

The flavor profile of the cheeseburger has salt (meat), sweet (ketchup, tomato), sour (pickles, mustard), but is missing the bitter factor. We recommend rounding out your meal with a bitter beer, such as Sam Adam’s Rebel IPA, The Shed’s IPA, or one of our favorites to pair with a burger, Otter Creek’s Black IPA. Another delicious pairing for a burger is a porter, as the roasted malt flavor adds another dimension to the flavor profile of the burger. We recommend trying Switchback’s Dooley’s Belated Porter.

Wine and Burgers

If you’re like us, there’s nothing better than a nice, big glass of wine at the end of the day. If you’re grilling burgers, try pairing them with J. Lohr Estate’s Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Woodbridge’s Shiraz, or Boyden Valley’s Riberbed Red, which is similar to a Pinot Noir. All of these reds delight when drank with red meats.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken is one of the staples of summertime barbeques, and the variety of wine and beer that can be successfully paired with grilled chicken is seemingly endless. However, we wanted to share a few of our favorites with you to try out this summer!

Brown Lagers are the perfect choice for barbeque chicken and we suggest trying Newcastle’s Brown Ale. If you’re seasoning your chicken with a lot of herbs and citrus flavors, try pairing it with a light, citrus beer, such as Magic Hat’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen.

For wines, try pairing your favorite grilled barbeque dishes with Temptation Zinfandel, Simply Naked’s Chardonnay, or Little Black Dresses’ Riesling. All of these lighter wines compliment any flavor of grilled chicken you’re preparing this summer.


We saved the best for last: steak. No introduction or flavor profile needed, we all know the deliciousness that a fresh-off-the-grill steak brings to any meal. There are two great beer options to pair with steak: Porters and Brown Ales. Both offer a bitter contrast and rich flavor to go along with your steak. We suggest trying Switchback’s Dooley’s Belated Porter and Newcastle’s Brown Ale. If you’re looking to pair a nice glass of wine with your steak, try Temptation Zinfandel or J. Lohr Estate’s Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon.

What are your favorite booze & BBQ pairings for summer grilling? Please post them on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!

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