Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pairing-1

With BC’s Sockeye salmon population set to break all records next month (with an estimated 72 million salmon returning to our province’s rivers), we thought it the perfect opportunity to pair with grilled yams, potatoes, and a pint of Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pairing-2

This light, refreshing, citrusy ale hits the lemon and olive oil we marinated the salmon with perfectly, working complementary flavors right through to the grilled yams and potatoes garnished with organic cilantro and parsley.

We prepared the yams and potato combination with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, black and white pepper, oregano, and lavender, then wrapping them in foil and placing right on the BBQ for 20 minutes, turning the package each five minutes while the salmon was grilled at the last moment using the same ingredients for two and a half minutes on each side.

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The yam’s sweetness was a great match for the beer’s citrus. We even noticed the crisp crust on our salmon working with the beer, and could also picture grilled prawns or halibut also working well with the Summer Ale.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pairing-4

While the Grains of Paradise impart a subtle peppery note and smooth aftertaste, the lemon worked nicely with the soft, grilled salmon steaks. Noble and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop varieties are used to produce a light (5.3% ABV/7 IBUs) beer that’s perfect for a summer supper on our balcony.

We found Samuel Adams’ Summer Ale at Darby’s Liquor Store in Kitsilano (the beer’s available at BCLDB stores). Stock up and get fishing!

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