HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: Pale 31 by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Beer: Pale 31
Brewer: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Description: Firestone Walker’s Pale 31 pours a beautiful golden hue with white wispy head that sits perfectly on top for some time before receding. The aroma is wonderfully bright citrus hop notes with hints of sweet malt twirling in the background. The taste follows the nose, with hops hitting the palate up front before being chased by a light malt bill. This is an incredibly drinkable beer with perfect balance. The hops are perfectly balanced against the semi-sweet malt bill, making this a beer that you never want to put down. The light body and moderate carbonation invigorate the palate and awaken the senses. While the IPA may be the darling style to many, when a brewery brews a well-constructed pale ale, that showcases the true talent of a brewer. Pale 31 is a master class in the pale ale style and a must-try beer for all craft beer fans!
Ideal setting: The wonderful hop characteristics and balance in this beer, along with the low ABV, make this the perfect beer to enjoy while out with friends at your favorite bar. The uplifting citrus notes may also help keep you awake long into the evening!
Ideal music: This is a beer that will make you want to get up and dance, especially after a few! Party music makes for the best pairing, but nothing cheesy. Instead, just make it more energetic and fun – something filled with songs the crowd knows that everyone can sing along with together and leave all the worries behind!
Some great albums to enjoy with Pale 31 are:
- The Killers – “Hot Fuss“
- Neon Trees – “Habits“
- Franz Ferdinand – “Franz Ferdinand“
- Kaiser Chiefs – “Employment“
- OK Go – “Oh No“
- Two Door Cinema Club – “Beacon“
Ideal movie: Pale 31 is bright, vibrant, and refreshing, so movies that also invigorate the soul are best enjoyed while drinking this wonderful beer. Comedies are, of course, the go-to selection, and this combination will be the perfect remedy for any cold, dreary winter day.
Some great films to watch while enjoying Pale 31 are:
Ideal book: The light ABV and awakening of the senses this vibrant beer will cause makes it the perfect accompaniment for books that also awaken the senses. Pale 31 also has a strong California vibe that makes you want to kick back, and nothing makes for better reading in this state of mind than rock ‘n’ roll memoirs!
Some great books to read with Pale 31 are:
- “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic” by Dee Snider
- “Slash” by Slash
- “I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax” by Scott Ian
- “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir” by Dave Mustaine
The perfect experience: Pale 31 is the perfect beer to have on hand for any engagement, whether with a large group of friends or a small get-together. The light ABV and wonderful balance makes this a beer that is best enjoyed out with friends!
by Derek Warren
Derek is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer, and podcaster who loves to write and talk about beer and cult movies.