Beer from the grocery store or
neighborhood liquor store is easier to come by, so let's talk about that first:
Bud Select is a new beer from
Anheuser-Busch which offers a bold taste with a full and distinct flavor that
finishes clean. This clean finish makes it a natural to go with venison.
Budweiser Select was developed using two-row and roasted specialty malts for a
rich color. It offers excellent drinkability and a taste that does not linger.
We have to list Budweiser because it
leads the U.S. premium beer category, outselling all other domestic premium
beers combined. It has been brewed and sold since 1876, so it even came along
when people were eating venison every week. We also recommend Bud
Light. It contains more malt and hops by ratio of ingredients than
Budweiser, which gives the brew a distinctively clean and crisp taste.
Michelob is a malty and
full-bodied lager with an elegant European hop profile. This European
profile goes well with stronger venisons such as Fallow and Sika. It also
goes well with whitetail that has been feeding on stronger weeds or, as we say,
Grolsch Amber Ale.
Grolsch Amber Ale is a top
fermented ale with a pure, rich taste. The flavor of roasted nuts and toasted
grain are complemented by notes of dried fruit. For an Autumn toast to venison,
it is perfect.
Samuel Adams Black Lager.
This is a brewer recommendation for venison.
"Samuel Adams Black Lager is a Schwarzbier, a traditional beer style of Eastern
Germany. The two-row Munich, Harrington, and deep roasted Carafa malts
create the layers of roasted, malty flavors in this beer. By removing the
bitter husks from Carafa malt, the brew has a full-roast character, but with a
smoother finish." The hops are from the Spalt region of Bavaria and "give
this brew its crisp finish." Has the deep, ruby color of Black Lager like
traditional porters and stouts but this beer is "surprisingly smooth."
Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
This is a brewer recommendation for venison. "...Offers
a caramel sweetness balance by distinct citrus and piney notes....full flavored
If you are looking to inform your liquid palate
as well as your venison palate, you'll want to research in these areas:
Jockamo IPA from Abita.
Four-eyed Beer Geek site, this is what 'Butch'
chose recently to serve with his venison backstrap steaks, mashed potatoes and
grilled asparagus. Four-eyed Geek has a great site with venison recipes
and the beers to have with them.
Four-eyed's site, 'Zythophile' (yeh, that's
somebody who knows and loves beer!) suggested these British lagers to go
with venison chili, crock-pot venison, and venison roasts:
Marston's Owd Roger
Hot Apple Cider.
Sorry it isn't a beer or wine but it sure does
taste good with venison!