Carne Asada & Vienna Lager
Simple, light spices like garlic and black pepper adorn this taco’s thinly sliced beef; topped with white onion and cilantro, the bite has punch. A silky Vienna Lager’s easily the best match: Its rich, toast-laden malts meld with the meat’s sweetness, and flow easily beneath bright onion and cilantro spice. The beer mellows into a perfectly dry finish, settling the swallow and easily readying the palate for the next bite.
Chorizo & Schwarzbier
A chorizo taco is all about heat, but the chili kick and smoky wisps dovetail into this dark lager’s roasted tones; a quiet swell of sweetness (similar to very dark chocolate) enriches the taste. The beer’s bitter finish is slow to rise, letting all of the flavor emerge before it tempers the spice and settles into the tongue.
Grilled Shrimp & German Pilsner
Often topped with a tangy-and-spicy aioli, the classic shrimp taco’s delicate, briny character deserves a clean beer that won’t obscure its taste. That’s why a German pilsner is the perfect pick: Floral and slightly spicy hops mingle with the aioli while the malt’s sweet bready tones draw out the corn tortilla; neither overshadow the shrimp’s sea-inspired saltiness.