Often I find myself wanting a cocktail, but I am in the wrong place to order it.  When this happens, especially in a dining establishment, there is nothing wrong with ordering something that will just go good with any food on the menu.  That is usually beer, even more so than wine.  I am particular about my wine, and I don’t like spending more for a glass than I could a good bottle of something I really enjoy.

Especially in the Summer heat and outdoor dining, beer is often a better bet than wine or cocktails.  There is a lot more fluid to drink with food and the alcohol content is usually around 5% in most lighter beers. Even if its 10%, that is still 90% water, which makes it a better option, especially for outdoor consumption like a picnic, BBQ or whatever the setting.

Whether its pizza, burgers or even Chinese food, beer is always a good compliment over cheap wine or lousy cocktails. When I go to Asian restaurants, there is nothing like the clean, crisp taste of an Asian beer like the Japanese Sapporo.  Often many Asian restaurants do not have a liquor license, so if it is bring your own, you really can’t go wrong with any Asian beer. If you don’t like beer, you probably just have to find the right one to suit your tastes. Or, just bring some rum and throw it in a Coke.

There are certainly thousands of beers, and many different styles.  Here are some of my favorites, and while it all depends on my mood, where I am, and what I am eating, this is a rough list of favorites in order.

  1. Sapporo
  2. Blue Moon
  3. Ashai
  4. Evil Twin
  5. Boddington’s
  6. Guinness
  7. Corona Light
  8. Antartica
  9. Modelo
  10. Dos Equis
  11. Rolling Rock

Flavored Beer (my ranking, best to worst):

  1. Summer Shandy
  2. Banana Bread
  3. Mas Agave Classica