This summer, take it to the street: Hit up a Greek food truck with beers in tow, and create the perfect picnic.
Dolmades & rice lager
Tart, vegetal grape leaves are perfect packaging for vegetarian delights like rice and tomato; the appetizer-sized bite packs big flavors, so it’s smart to introduce a beer with subtler ones. A rice lager’s lightly floral hops meld perfectly, while the clean lager finish tempers the acidic bite.
Falafel & American IPA
A falafel’s fried, salty exterior loves an IPA with some garlic and onion hop flavors that draw out the crisp bite’s light (but similar) spices. In turn, the starchy chickpeas highlight the beer’s quiet malts.
Hummus & American wheat beer
A sunny, lemony American wheat beer lends a bright kick to the hummus, while the beer’s soft carbonation easily cleanses the creamy paste from the palate.
Tabbouleh & Czech pilsner
Tabbouleh’s flavorful burst happens when the parsley’s green, leafy and bitter bite meets the bright acidity of a lemony dressing. Steady all the flavor with an even-keeled pilsner; the bready malts are like a dinner roll with your salad.
Gyro & American brown ale
This street Greek favorite requires two hands and is built to fill with garlic-and onion-spiced lamb slathered with tart tzatziki sauce: Try it with a soft brown ale, whose nutty notes complement the savory meat and sweet, toasted flavors round out the soft, bready pita.
Baklava & porter
Baklava’s a flakey treat filled with sweet cinnamon spice and pistachios. A porter’s dark chocolate tones beautifully complement the cinnamon and the nuts, while its velvety body makes dessert that much more luscious.