We’ve all heard of food and wine or beer pairing but what about snuff and beer pairing?
The flavor profiles in our Smokey Mountain snuff compliment the numerous flavors in craft beer. Similar to wine and cheese (or even better, beer and cheese!), you have to know what styles of beer to sip with your favorite snuff. Explore the flavors and experiment!
After all, only you can know what works with your taste buds.
The dominant craft beer taste elements will contrast against food’s and snuff) taste elements, so that the beer and snuff flavors shine.
Look for flavor bridges and common flavor groups. According to CraftBeer.com:
• Group: Rosemary, juniper, pine, spruce
Pairing: American pale ale and rosemary-dusted creamed chicken
• Group: Brown sugar, butter, caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, toffee
Pairing: English-style barley wine and blonde brownie with butterscotch sauce
• Group: Mint, dill, basil, endive, coriander, fennel, parsley, lemongrass, bay leaves, oregano
Pairing: Belgian-style saison and white fish with lemon and dill
• Group: Cinnamon, cumin, pepper, cardamom, ginger, clove
Pairing: Ginger porter with Moroccan clove and ginger beef shish kebabs
• Group: Date, fig, raisin
Pairing: Belgian-style strong dark ale and bacon wrapped dates
• Group: Pineapple, tangerine, clementine
Pairing: American-style India pale ale and orange chicken stir fry
• Group: Chocolate, truffle, cocoa powder
Pairing: Milk stout and double chocolate cake
While the above more applies to food, you can see similar flavor notes in our snuff options. So, what are some example beer and snuff pairings?
1. Arctic Mint: Who doesn’t love mint? For the mint profile, you need a strong beer to complement the chilly, refreshingly sweet flavor. Recommended here is a smooth, velvety chocolate stout. Try Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout. This gorgeous chocolate, vanilla and bourbon-laced beer will complement the mint flavor and bring out the bourbon barrel notes.
Want some more bite? Check out Odell Brewing, Friek. Friek is a multiple Kriek Lambic Style that’s fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries, then moved into oak barrels to age and sour, which takes on intense cherry flavors. As the beer mature, framboises (raspberries) from a local Colorado farm are handpicked and added to the beer. This won the gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, in the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour beer category.
3. Classic Flavor: Smokey Mountain Classic is a classic or natural flavored tobacco-free snuff and has a very floral and traditional flavor, albeit sweeter than the norm. With our natural ingredients of molasses, chocolate, licorice and cayenne pepper, you can pair the Classic flavor with a variety of beers such as Ambers, Pale Ales or Stouts.
For some pairing decadence, try Southern Tier Brewing’s Crème Brulee Imperial Milk Stout. This 9.6% ABV sweet stout has toasty vanilla, mild coffee and buttery caramel notes.
Out of Arizona, try SanTan’s Epicenter Amber Ale. This ale has a tasted malt character and a sweet, dry finish, perfect for pairing with our classic flavor. It’s also great with burgers and steaks and is a 2012 US Open Beer Championship gold medal winner. Bonus? It comes in cans! Yep, take this bad boy fishing or camping.
Nebraska Brewing’s Cardinal Pale Ale is a deep golden beer with medium maltiness and low bitterness. This pale ale would pair nicely with our classic flavor herbal snuff.
Another great option is the king of craft canned beers, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. This brew delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops.
4. Peach Flavor: Try a Belgian dubbel or tripel with our peach flavor, in order to bring out the fruit flavors in both. Belgian ales can be served as an after dinner digestif or with a dessert. Try Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches Belgian-Style Ale. And watch out, because it’s 10.7% alcohol by volume! The Utah brewery added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery.
You could also opt for an IPA with the high amount of hops and citrus notes, our peach snuff is sure to be a sweet choice. For some serious peach punch, try ODells’s Tree Shaker. This Imperial IPA was brewed with 3,000 pounds of pureed Colorado peaches. Or, to balance out the peach flavor in Smokey’s snuff, try Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Another great pairing hails from Nebraska Brewing Company. Their award winning reserve series are nothing short of amazing. Our peach snuff will compliment their Chardonnay French Oak Hop God and with a 10.1% alcohol by volume, it will keep you warm during those chilly camping nights. This Belgian-Style IPA is aged for 6 months in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and has high amounts of citrus, grapefruit and floral scents. The barrel aging adds further notes of tropical fruits and, you guessed it, peach! This also pairs nicely with spicy foods, pizza and rich seafood (been fishing lately?).
There’s plenty out there to try, but the main idea is to have fun and enjoy experimenting with different flavors.