A Match Made In Heaven: Beer and Pretzels

By Boardwalk Food Company on February 14, 2022

If you’ve ever stopped by your favorite watering hole for a beverage or two, or at least watched a television program that takes place at a bar, you might have noticed an abundance of pretzels served alongside the sudsy beverages. In case you’ve ever wondered why we’ve decided to provide you with some answers. 

Salt

The easiest answer is this—salt. The salt found in pretzels and peanuts enhanced the flavor of the hops in some beers and provides a noticeable flavor contrast to beers that are less hoppy—such as your domestic beers like Budweiser, PBR, and Miller. Sodium chloride, the chemical name for salt, actually weakens the senses that perceive bitter flavors. Beer goes down easier, and even the most bitter of flavors can seem appealing to our diminished senses. 

What Beer Goes Best with Pretzels? 

It’s best to pick a beer that compliments the taste of a doughy and toasty knot. Your best option is a classic German beer. Pilsner beers that are bright and hoppy pair the best with pretzels, and if you can find a batch that’s softer than the ones commonly sold in bags, then you’ll be sure to have a wonderful drinking experience. 

Drinking Beer and Eating Pretzels: Some Helpful Tips

If the only option you have for food is a big bowl of pretzels, dig in. However, we advise that you also find a tall, cool, glass of water to wash down the excess salt that you’ll be consuming throughout the evening. This will also help prevent that pesky hangover the next morning.  

Some good combinations of beer and pretzels are as follows:

  • Soft pretzels with mustard go well with dark beers and stouts.
  • Pretzels with cheddar cheese go well with IPA’s 
  • Big soft pretzels go well with German and Austrian lagers

A Lesson in Marketing

There is of course an ulterior motive for bars offering free pretzels throughout the evening. Salt is a chemical that causes thirst because of Sodium Chloride’s dehydrating properties. Naturally, this means you’ll order more drinks throughout the evening. As we said before, having some water handy is always a good idea. 

Craft Beer Inspired Pretzels from Boardwalk Foods

By the time you’ve reached the end of this article, you’re most likely got a craving for a cold beverage or a tasty pretzel—probably both. Not to worry, Boardwalk Foods have just the option for you. We have a complete line of salty snacks inspired by your favorite craft beers. IPA, stout, pilsner, your favorite sudsy drinks now have snacks made in their image. Head on over to boardwalkfoodco.com and get ready to chow down. Cheers!

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