What better way to celebrate the start of the Tour de France than enjoying classic French cuisine, perfectly matched with a good craft beer? To help drinkers get it right, we’ve put together five French food and beer pairings to enjoy throughout the race.
Little Valley’s French food and beer pairings:
Launched in 2014 as a tribute to the first British Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson, Stage Winner is the ultimate cycling season beer. A light and refreshing pale ale with a malty texture, it balances perfectly with the richness of a mousse de crevetes.
Une entrée (Starter) – Baked Camembert with Python IPA
A strong cheese needs a strong IPA to go with it. Aim for an IPA with a slight bitterness to perfectly balance the flavours.
Le plat principal (Main course) – Beef Bourguignon with Stoodley Stout, Cassoulet with Moor Ale or Moules Marinières with Hebden’s Wheat
Rich meat dishes need a rich, dark beer to hold up against the strong flavours. Stouts balance well with the intense beef flavours in a Bourguignon, whereas a rich and smoky beer such as Little Valley’s Moor Ale are well suited to game dishes.
Wheat beers are the go to option for fish dishes as their light and refreshing flavours compliment fish and seafood so well. A wheat beer with a citrus finish would be the ideal match.
Le dessert (Pudding) – Crème brûlée with Vanilla Porter
The sweetness of this classic French dessert demands a beer with a luscious edge. Little Valley’s Vanilla Porter is a good companion for most desserts, made with real vanilla pods and just the right amount of fruity undertones.
“Pairing food with beer is all about identifying the tasting notes in the beer and matching these with the flavours in the dish. In general, light beers such as wheat beers and pale ales pair best with fish dishes and certain cheeses, whereas the more hearty foods like stews or rich desserts are more suited to a stout or a porter.”