With SeaChange launching their new and improved Wild Salmon Bites, it was the perfect excuse to hold a celebratory taste testing party. Along with cheeses from Salt Spring Island Cheese Company and Moonstruck Organic Cheese, condiments from SaltSpring Kitchen Co, and bread from Embe Bakery, we picked up several craft beers from local breweries Saltspring Island Ales and Hoyne Brewing Company to see which beer and salmon bite pairings were the tastiest. SeaChange Wild Salmon Bites comes in one flavour: ‘Natural’ is deliciously sweet and smoky with a mildness that goes well with almost anything.
We ended up trying the salmon bites with four different beers: the Heather Ale and Dry Porter from Saltspring Ales, and the Hoyne Pilsner and Appleton Extra Special Bitter from Hoyne. Here’s how they fared, along with some of the notes jotted down by our testers.
The Natural bites went with pretty much every beer (it’s that versatile!) but the particularly good combinations were:
- Heather Ale – “Sweet jerky plus sweet beer is nice” and “Good combo”
- Hoyner Pilsner – “Beer has a bit of a stronger flavour that matches well”, “Yummers!”, and “Delicious together!”
- Extra Special Bitter – “Very nice” and “Great together”
The favourite beer with the Natural bites was definitely the Pilsner, but we’d recommend any lighter, sweeter ale or pilsner – and if you’re a fan of hoppy beer with a bitter note like the Extra Special Bitter or even an IPA, then the Natural bites are the one for you.
Along with the beer pairings suggested above, the Natural bites go really well with creamy, tangy goat cheese, briny feta, and cured olives.
We found some winning combinations for sure, but don’t just take our word for it – grab a few packs of new SeaChange Natural Wild Salmon Bites and your favourite craft beers and try it for yourself!
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