8 Food-Friendly Brown Ales

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8 Food-Friendly Brown Ales

If anyone asks me what my least favorite beer style is, I usually say brown ale. There’s just something so beige about this style, which has neither the hop bite of an IPA or the malty goodness of a porter or stout. The American brown ale occupies some sort of middle ground, like Ohio. And my apologies to the Buckeye State, but it’s tough to get excited about a glass of Ohio. But the other day I was in a bar, and they had a local brown ale on special, so I ordered it because I’m always looking to save a dollar. And you know what? It was delicious. I wouldn’t call it rich, but it had plenty of character with hints of cocoa and bit of roasted coffee. And it went really well with the plate of French fries I was devouring at the time. And that’s the secret power of most browns—they go well with just about anything on the table because they are so understated. There’s nothing in the glass that’s going to overpower the food on your plate, and they seem to be the perfect dancing partner for everything from a bowl of salty French fries to spicy kimchi. Here are eight brown ales you should consider when you’re looking for a six pack to go with dinner. Bonus: most of them are year-round releases, meaning they’re easy to find. Also of note: Ohio’s actually pretty cool, too. So there’s that.