To celebrate the start of the Tour de France, Little Valley Brewery has put together its top French food and beer pairings to enjoy throughout the race.
Appetiser: shrimp mousse with Little Valley Stage Winner
Launched in 2014 as a tribute to the first British Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson, Stage Winner is a light and refreshing pale ale with a malty texture. It balances perfectly with the richness of a mousse de crevetes.
Starter: baked Camembert with Little Valley Python IPA
A strong cheese needs a strong IPA to go with it. Aim for an IPA with a slight bitterness to perfectly balance the flavours.
Main course: beef Bourguignon with Little Valley Stoodley Stout, cassoulet with Moor Ale or moules marinières with Hebden’s Wheat
Rich meat dishes need a rich, dark beer to hold up against the strong flavours. Stouts balance well with the intense beef flavours in a Bourguignon, whereas a rich and smokey beer, such as Little Valley’s Moor Ale, are well suited to game dishes. Wheat beers are the go-to option for fish dishes as their light and refreshing flavours compliment fish and seafood so well. A wheat beer with a citrus finish would be the ideal match.
Dessert: crème brûlée with Little Valley Vanilla Porter
The sweetness of this classic French dessert demands a beer with a luscious edge. Little Valley’s Vanilla Porter is a good companion for most desserts, made with real vanilla pods and just the right amount of fruity undertones.