Whenever the nights start to get chilly, I always crave a campfire. For me, it brings back memories of hay-rack rides, hot dogs, and s’mores with my family at the farm. The campfire glow also reminds me of hanging out at a friend’s after football games in high school. So much nostalgia!
My most favorite thing about a campfire is, of course, the s’mores. I love the gooey marshmallow and the melty chocolate mashed between a crunchy graham cracker. It’s such a simple but perfect combo! I thought I would have a little fun and combine two of my favorite things for today’s post. I’m showcasing some amazing fall beers by pairing different s’mores with them! I really enjoyed making (and drinking and eating) all of these pairings. Keep reading to see the list!
My traditional s’mores are anything but boring. I love using dark chocolate in place of regular milk chocolate. I stick with the traditional graham cracker, one marshmallow, and a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I always get the marshmallow a little bit charred but not too much. It has to be super melty!
For these traditional s’mores, I paired them with s’mores beers. Both Cahoots and New Holland make excellent barrel aged s’more beers. The actual s’more I was eating really brought out the chocolatey flavors of the beer. The graham cracker was surprisingly present in the beer as well! These kinds of beers are super popular in the fall and are worth getting your hands on if you want to try one. I love the complex flavors of a barrel aged beer with all of the chocolatey s’more goodness!
Peanut Butter Banana S’mores
I took a cue from Elvis and made peanut butter banana s’mores next. I cooked my marshmallow just right, and then layered on a few banana slices and about a tablespoon of peanut butter (not too much or it overpowers everything else!). This s’more pairing was just the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
The beer pairings I chose for these s’mores were really delicious. Eating these s’mores while drinking these beers really highlighted the complexity of the beers. I would pair this s’more with an Avery Nuttiest Professor Peanut Stout or a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. The hefeweizen was a great light beer choice to pair with the peanut butter and banana. The banana in the s’more really helped give way to the clove in the hefeweizen. I loved the flavors that we were mixing in this pairing!
Can you tell it was yummy? 🙂
White Chocolate Pineapple S’mores
Probably the most unique pairing of the three, these white chocolate pineapple s’mores were decadent and tropical. It added the perfect amount of brightness to a very rich lineup. We grilled the pineapple to give it a hint of smokiness, so it paired well with the graham cracker. The grilled pineapple also brought out the white chocolate’s smooth texture! This is a must-try.
The two beers I paired with this were a unique cider, the Chili Pineapple Hard Cider from Locust Cider, and a fruity, hoppy pale ale. The Pale Ale we chose was from a local brewery, Triptych Brewing. They had made a guava and passionfruit pale ale to celebrate a festival in town, and named the beer after the festival. Needless to say, their Pygmalion Pynk beer was absolutely delicious. The pineapple complemented the fruit flavors in the beer and really showcased the hops. It was like a s’more on vacation!
Fun With Flavor
I’ve made it a goal to share more fall-inspired recipes this season. Did you see my recipe for Apple Cider Moscow Mules? Its the perfect cocktail for fall. Check it out here! I’ll also be pinning all of my favorite beer recipes to my Pinterest board, which you can follow here!
Would you try any of these pairings? Do you have a secret s’more recipe you would be willing to share? I’d love to know in the comments below!
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