Cicerone Selections for Roast Pork

November 2019 · Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA

Roast pork is one of those great beer foods!  There are definitely a lot of choices and directions you can go depending on the style of cuisine and the type of event you are creating.

Here are some ideas that match the Whole Hog Chart on that can be found on this website.

Italian Porchetta

  • Italian brewers are really pushing the edge in blending styles, but one staple has been the Amber or Rossa style which can be found across the country and is readily available in the US. This malt red ale has a nice amount of sweetness form the malt and crisp clean finish of a lager.
  • Options – Peroni Rossa, Menabrea Ambrata or Birra Moretti La Rossa

Cuban Lechon

  • The typical choice here is a mojito or aged rum. If you are going for the tropical feel than a cold European style Lager. If you want to opt of a barrel aged beer, then there are also options. I also recommend some of the great beers coming from Cigar City in Tampa.
  • Options – Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale or the Tamp Style Lager
  • Lager – Presidente Pilsener, or Heineken
  • Rum Barrel Aged – Southern Tier Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale

Pilipino Lechon

  • There are few traditional beers brewed in the Philippines if you can find them.
  • The best options are both from San Miguel
  • Options – San Miguel Pale Pilsen or San Miguel Cerveza Negre

 

Eastern Carolina BBQ

  • North Carolina and South Carolina have some emerging beer scenes. There are few that are shipped across the country and once again the a cold long next and a koozie is probably a good call here. Just don’t put a typical beer support the locals.
  • Options – Westbrook Extra Fancy Blonde with Lemon, or Low & Slow Pivo

Sparnferkel

  • Any German Style Kellerbier, Märzen or Dunkel will work here. Urban Chestnut in Saint Louis or some of the Texas brewers with German Heritage are all great options
  • Options: Urban Chestunt Zwickel Bavarian Lager, Alt Kellerbier or Shiner Bock from Texas

Kalua Pig

  • Kalua pig is very neutral in taste with the sweetness and silkiness of the fat playing a key role. Here a bold choice is something such as a Saison or a Belgian Dubble. Both have great attributes from the yeast profiles and malt and grain bills.
  • Options – Dupont Saison or Chimay Red

 

Siu Yuk

            I would stick to a cold lager or session beer here. Chinese meals can be long events and meant to be communal. So, pace the group and keep the ABV low.

Options – Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager, Perry Street Brewing IPL

 

Heo Quay

            There are notable beers that can be found in the US. However, any of the South East Asian Brewers make very similar style that hold up well to the cuisine and the herbal nature of the margination in the Vietnamese version of roast pork.

Options – Tiger Lager Beer (Vietnam), Cass, (South Korea), Hite (South Korea

John Reed
Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA
John Reed is a professional chef with over 30 years experience. John has extensive knowledge of culinary techniques, ethnic cuisines, food history and more!

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