Best Beer and Food Pairings at LouFest

By Heather Riske
In Food

LouFest is first and foremost a music festival, but the wide array of food and drinks offered in the fest’s Nosh Pit can certainly stand on their own.

In advance of this weekend’s festival, we talked to the pros at Anheuser-Busch and Schlafly to see which of their beers pair best with the dishes on offer.

Photo courtesy of LouFest

Photo courtesy of LouFest

New Orleans-inspired bistro Evangeline’s will have some of their favorite Bayou dishes. Members of the Schlafly Marketing and Sales departments suggest pairing the Evangeline’s gumbo with Schlafly’s APA or Hefeweizen, the Vieux Carre beignets with their Pale Ale and bourbon chicken skewers with Oktoberfest.

Mission Taco Joint is serving up a few varieties of their beloved MexiCali street tacos. Amy Olsen of Anheuser-Busch recommends pairing the carne asada taco with Budweiser or Bud Light, the fish taco with Goose Island’s 312 ales, and the grilled chicken taco with Shock Top. Schlafly suggests their Oatmeal Stout with the carne asada taco.

Burger and shake favorite Baileys’ Range is serving their grass-fed cheeseburgers and vegetarian cheeseburgers, which Schlafly suggests pairing with their APA or Oktoberfest. Drink a Pale Ale with their loaded French fries, a Hefeweizen with the chilled soba noodles with vegetables and peanut sauce and a Raspberry Hefeweizen with the marinated chicken wrap.

Flaming Gyros is serving classic Greek fare like the gyro sandwich, falafel sandwich and Greek salad. Olsen suggests pairing these with Goose Island’s 312 Urban Pale Ale, known for a citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor, and 312 Urban Wheat Ale, with a spicy aroma of Cascade hops and a crispy, fruity ale flavor. For Schlafly brews, pair the gyro sandwich with their Pale Ale, Hefeweizen or APA, and the falafel sandwich with their Oktoberfest.

Triumph Grill will have white bean hummus, which pairs nicely with Goose Island’s 312 ales, and jerk porkloin sliders with mango chutney, which is a good match for Bud Light’s Mang-o-Rita.

Edwardsville favorite Cleveland-Heath is serving up the gourmet comfort food many make a trip across the river for. Pair their kale salad with Schlafly’s Pale Ale or Goose Island’s 312 ales, and the homegrown tomato and quinoa salad with the APA. Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout plays off the flavors of both the burger with smoked onion jam and beignets with salted caramel whipped cream.

You can find the full list of Nosh Pit vendors here.

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