How to Pair Beer and Cigars Perfectly (Part 2, the pair)

July 26, 2010

Just like beer, there are limitless varieties of cigars available to us today; when you begin to consider the range of sizes, shapes, flavors, strengths, and origins it becomes clear that there is so single rule for what cigar will go with what beer. We can however build generic rules, or guidelines to help you experiment – because the only best pairing is the one that you enjoy the most.

In part 1 we examined the 3 primary aspects of a cigar which most powerfully influence its flavor, body, and smoking experience. Now we will actually create some delicious beer and cigar pairings. For the purpose of this guide we will begin with 6 different generic cigar characteristics, and match a variety of pairing beers to each one. These characteristics are Long Cigars, Short Cigars, Large Ring Gauge Cigars, Earthy Cigars, Complex Cigars, and Milder Cigars. Read the rest of this entry »

The BrewDog Paradox Smokehead with a CAO Brazilia

July 2, 2010

This is the case where a big, dark, deep, and overpoweringly rich beer finally meets its match with the equivalent cigar. Or if you are a cigar aficionado, here is a beer that can finally stand up with the CAO Brazilia. I’m talking about the Paradox Smokehead by BrewDog. This is really an instance of Goliath and Goliath. Each of these products stand out as some of the richest in their respective field; this is why I thought it would be best to enjoy them together.

Pairing a beer with a cigar is not always easy. Most of the time I will look to a spirit to do the job for me; the natural strength and huge aromatic properties of a fine whiskey or Cognac seem to match a cigar’s strength and aromatics so naturally. But, there are beers with these same strengths. Beers which cannot be tied down by commercial classification. These beers stand proud and bellow their flavor from the mountain tops. Let me tell you what this BrewDog stout is yelling, and why it was the perfect match for the Brazilia. Read the rest of this entry »

The Old Forester 2006 Birthday Bourbon and Rocky Patel Vintage 1999

June 28, 2010

To me, Bourbon and Cigars go together like, well Bourbon and Cigars! Isn’t it obvious? The rich, leathery sweet tobacco flavors of a fine cigar pair so well with the sweet, spicy warmth of a smooth bourbon. MMmm, it just seems so instinctive to me.

I was enjoying the hospitality of one of my good friends on a Sunday, and he decided to temp me with with this exact combination. It was the early afternoon, probably about 26 degrees out and sunny. Then out came a Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 and the Old Forester 2006 Birthday Bourbon. My excitement grew… Read the rest of this entry »

The Innis & Gunn Highland Cask and Dieu du Ciel Charbonniere with a Perdomo and CAO

June 23, 2010

Its hard to beat a nice rich beer and aromatic cigar for me. A few weeks ago I was visiting my brother in Ottawa, and on a warm summer evening we sat down on the patio and enjoyed two very unique beers and two very delicious cigars. I paired the Innis & Gunn Highland Cask with a Perdomo Reserve 10 Year Anniversary Maduro Churchill, and my brother enjoyed the Dieu du Ciel Charbonniere with a CAO La Traviata Radiante. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hot Day on the Beach Brings the Swing

May 27, 2010

This past May 24 weekend may have showed us the best weather we have ever seen for the epic long weekend. I spend it in Grand Bend Ontario at a cottage on the beach with some of my best friends. Each year we indulge in great food, amazing beer, succulent spirits, full flavored cigars, and a riot of fun in the sun. How can you possibly go wrong.

By the holiday Monday we had feasted and barbecued, shared some rare and special brews, and spent far to much time in the heat. It really was time to sit under an umbrella, open up a rare and exceptional whisky, and enjoy some fine crafted cigars. The menu would be the Johnnie Walker Swing, Rocky Patel’s 1999 Vintage Connecticut, CAO’s MX2, and the Casa Magna Colorado Belicoso. Read the rest of this entry »

Its Spring! Which means more beer, and cigars are back!

March 17, 2010

Pairing the Innis & Gunn with La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel

Toronto's first day of SpringYesterday in Toronto it was 15 degrees Celsius outside, and today it is supposed to be 17! Honestly, I’m not willing to wait any longer; I am officially considering today to be the official beginning of spring and the end of winter! Finally! I don’t really like the winter, I’m not very good at winter sports, all the nice cars hibernate for the season, and it makes enjoying a cigar very difficult. And what’dya know, I just decided how to celebrate the coming of spring!… A great beer paired with a superb cigar! Read the rest of this entry »