I often get asked what type of beer pairs well with different types of food. I usually tell people to pick what they love to drink. If the food is heavy, I do urge a crisper beer but it all depends on each palate and what that palate likes. What I never get asked but feel is in need of discussion is: What do I drink if I'm smoking meats all day?
Now there is a question I can get my brain wrapped around. All Day IPA from Founders Brewing. Why do I love this one? Because it lives by its name. I sip slowly, enjoying each moment of smoke coming out of the smoker and a beer with huge flavor yet yields a power that entices me to sip it. If someone handed me a nasty macro lite beer, it would be gone in no time and the meat I was watching would be over cooked and dried out from the inebriated mess I created. If you took the time to put some thought and time into a great dish, being too drunk to enjoy it defeats the purpose.
So....take your time, as my wife says "its a marathon, not a sprint." All great things take time. Smoked meats, an elaborate meal, fine wine, great beer....doesn't make sense to just guzzle it down and lose the essence of life!