After a less-than-great morning, I decided to do something out of character and spend an entire day in bed watching Netflix.
I realize this is completely normal behavior for half the human race, but for me it usually makes me anxious and feels like I’ve lost a whole day. Nevertheless, when I decide to do something, I don’t do it halfway. Seven hours went to the entire first season of GLOW, which turned out to be fabulous (I’m into the 80’s), and another four went to re-watching the best episodes of Mad Men.
After a day of bingeing on both TV and takeout, I realized the day wasn’t completely lost– I’ve discovered a special talent for selecting takeout and beer that go well with each other and with unhealthy doses of television.
Panda Express + Sapporo
At first I wrote Budweiser, but that just seemed un-American considering it’s paired with Chinese takeout. Sapporo is the Japanese Budweiser anyways. Seems as close as I can get.
Pizza + Fat Tire
Disclaimer: Of all the suggested beer/takeout pairings, this is the only one that has made me eventually puke. I’m sure the pizza played a larger role than the Fat Tire. In any case, proceed with caution.
Chipotle + Corona
You can at least try to feel like you’re eating Mexican food if you drink a Mexican beer with it. Bonus: Chipotle sells beer now.
Taco Bell + Modelo
Continuing on the theme of pairing Mexican(ish) takeout with Mexican beers, Corona is an excellent complement to your Chalupa. Truly fine dining here. I sincerely congratulate you if you’re actually eating Taco Bell with Corona.
Jimmy Johns + Natty Light
I can only assume that you’re eating Jimmy Johns because it’s 2 a.m., in which case you’re likely drinking the can of Natty Light you found in your purse.
Portillo’s + 312
Because pairing a Chicago hot dog with a Chicago beer is the only real option here.
Panera + Bud Light
If you’re going to attempt to eat healthy, you might as well do the same with your beer.
In-N-Out + Stone IPA
As a former southern Californian, I have it on good authority that In-N-Out goes well with any beer out there. However, if I must choose, it would have to be Stone, since a West Coast burger deserves a West Coast beer.
McDonald’s + Budweiser
Ah, there we go: the ultimate American meal.
If you need more wisdom on having a drink with your food, this article offers plenty of valuable insight.
In the meantime, stay tuned for my next post on beer and donut pairings!