The idea of introducing a beer lover to the world of wine can be a little daunting. In some ways, beer and wine are wholly different, and in some, they’re actually quite similar. The trick to getting a beer drinker to enjoy a glass of wine is to take into account the flavor profiles they enjoy. Here are a few good places to start.
Light beer lovers: if your guest normally drinks a light beer, offer them a dry sparkling wine. They won’t be overwhelmed with sweetness, and will enjoy the similar crispness of a sparkling wine’s carbonation. Dry sparkling wines also pair well with fried foods so often enjoyed with a beer – fries or chicken wings, for example. Try a dry Prosecco!
Hefeweizen: Those who normally enjoy a Hefeweizen tend to like the slightly fruity notes indicative of the variety. Test them with a Beaujolais. The drinkability of a young Beaujolais will offer a light sweetness that Hef drinkers should enjoy.
Pale Ale: Pale Ales tend to have a “greenness” in their flavor, similar to the citrusy, grassy notes often found in a Sauvignon Blanc.
IPA: IPA drinkers enjoy a bitterness and a substantial body. Carmenere has a savory quality and a perfect balance between fruity and bitter flavors that mirror the complexity of an IPA.
Stout: Stouts are known for having a depth of flavors, from bitter chocolate, to licorice or herbs. A bold, complex red wine offers a similar depth. Bordeaux is known for being concentrated, with layers of flavors and aromas that add to its body.
If you’re still stumped, or worried about choosing the perfect wine for your beer lover, don’t forget to get in touch with one of our Wine Scouts! With a full range of knowledge and great wines to choose from, they’ll make sure you find a bottle anyone will fall in love with.