Hop City Barking Squirrel Lager showcases light caramel malts with a slight nutty taste, followed by a grassy and citrus finish. The colour of this beer is a beautiful amber-copper, and the nose has a fantastic brown sugar and bready sweetness. Easy drinking enough to go on its own, however, we’d prefer it with the following four foods. (we are a beer and food pairing website after all.)
Amber Lager Beer and Pizza
Hop City Barking Squirrel is an excellent pizza beer. The bready malts intermingle nicely with the base of the pizza, why the carbonation and citrus finish will clear away all the greasiness from the cheese fats. This beer isn’t too strong or too light, allowing it to go great with a variety of toppings. Our favourites would be Meat Lovers, Pepperoni or Hawaiian, however, the options are endless. As the beer scrubs away at the greasiness, any pizza topping you throw on will be intensified, as your tongue has been cleared of the taste blocking fats and proteins. Pizza never tasted so good!
Amber Lager and Chicken Satay Shish-Kabobs
The nutty flavours found in Barking Squirrel Lager are fantastic with BBQ chicken dripping in a caramelized peanut satay sauce. We suggest adding grilled red peppers and onion where the hops in this beer will pull some amazing flavours out of these grilled veggies. The brown sugar sweetness will go fantastic with the sauce, and the bittersweetness that grilling brings out in vegetables and meats.
Fajitas and Beer
What we like about Barking Squirrel Lager and Fajitas is the citrus finish found in this beer. The subtle lemon/lime edge this beer has acts as a magical highlighter bringing out the best in everything. So when you pack your Fajitas full of grilled red peppers, onions, rice, guacamole, cheese, beans and meat, you will taste the individual components as this beer mingles and lifts their flavours forward. The malt of the beer is beautiful with the fajita shell, and the beer itself is bold enough to stand up to any Tex-Mex spices used in this classic dish.
Calamari and Amber Lager
We find this beer goes best with breaded and deep-fried Calamari the best. The bready malts that gives this beer its amber colour play well with the breading on the Calamari. Meanwhile the carbonation of the beer lifts the grease away as the hops of this beer draw forward the seafood flavour. This thirst-quenching beer will keep you satisfied and happy when faced with a platter of this classic pub dish.