We’ve teamed up with our friends at Alberta Burger Fest to add another layer to this year’s fundraiser, drink pairings!
As you’re out sampling some of Calgary’s best burgers, be sure to try out the suggested pairings from participating restaurants.
Have you found some pairings of your own? Share them with us and be sure to tag #ABBurgerFest!
$50 Burger Pairings
Nothing pairs with a burger quite like a milkshake! Try the Brooklyn Fog, an original creation just for Alberta Burger Week made with Earl Grey tea, cinnamon infused cream, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, egg white and simple syrup.
Is there anything more refreshing than a Lynchburg Lemonade? This cocktail creation made with Jack Daniels, Triple Sec, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda is slightly tart to help work against the rich beef flavours in Modern Steak’s burger.
$25 Burger Pairings
There’s no sense in saving the best for last. Showcasing the tropcial and citrusy aromas of Mosaic hops, Midtown has picked Last Best IPA to pair with its burger for it’s personality, character and flavour.
It’s time to get hoppy with it! If you find yourself pouring over the drink menu, cast your eyes upon Hop City’s Barking Squirrel. This amber lager has a distinct rich burnt orange colour and subtle noble hop aroma that Swine & Sow swears will enhance the flavours in its burger.
Beer and wine lovers, try Last Best IPA or Road 13, a proprietary blend of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Cocktail afficionados, start with the Quarter Horse, made with Jim Beam Black, Laphraig Quarter Cask, Amontillado Sherry and Yelllow Chartreuse finished with House made quinine-blackcurrant cordial and Bittered Sling Suius Cherry bitters.
$15 Burger Pairings
The kitchen at CRAFT suggests trying the Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA. The citrus aromas will play well with the “carnitas” meat, and the slight hopiness will work well with the mild spice. Finally, the carbonation should scrub some of the richness from the slaw and cheese to leave the palate fresh for the next bite!
Does it get any better than a local brew? Try the Blonde from Village Brewery, an ale with a crisp, dry palate that balances a slight fruity sweetness and subtle bitterness.
The verdict’s in, you’ll be wining and dining with your burger at Trib Steakhouse. Try the Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon. This full bodied red wine displays notes of black fruit and sweet spices.
For the beer lover, the best choice for Murdoch’s specialty burger is a pint of Velvet Fog or IPA from Calgary’s own Wildrose Brewery. If you prefer a glass of wine, try a glass of Raza Reserve Malbec.
$10 Burger Pairings
This Calgary institution has chosen a house beer to pair with its burger! Order a pint of the Ship & Anchor Barnacle Pilsner, a hopped up Czech style pilsner made exclusivley for them by Village Brewery.