One off the great traditions of this green and pleasant land is Sunday lunch. Fine roast meats with roast potatoes and a range of healthy vegetables, covered in lashings of delicious gravy. However food of this magnificence requires cooking and this is where we discover the purpose of in-laws and parents. Going round the mother in laws for Sunday lunch not only affords one a delicious free meal but also brings meaning and purpose into the old girls life. She may have my character down to a pat, marking me out as a chancer not good enough for her daughter, but at least she cooks a mean roast.
Life however, can not be all roast dinners. Sometimes you have to feed yourself, and it is here we have an opportunity to explore the exciting world of beer and food matching. This evening, a light snack is in order after the excesses of lunchtime and what can be better than a jumbo sausage roll and can of lager? A scotch egg? A pork pie? But jumbo sausage rolls were on special offer in the supermarket, so sausage roll it is.
What lout to put with the delicate puff pastry and pork meaty harmony? Why whatever lager is on the special, and Beck’s was on the special. Beck’s more often than not turns up on the special in boxes of small bottles, but today we enjoy it in it’s canned form. A 5% German lager that by all accounts is an actual proper lager of the reinheitgebot and possibly not a cooking lager.
Don’t let that put you off, if cheap enough proper lager is an acceptable alternative to cooking lager and should not be dismissed.
Opening the can of cold lager delight, one does notice a beery smell. Only to be expected, but never the less, not something the cooking lager enthusiasts really wants from a beer. On the swig one gets a noticeable beery flavour. Its not all bad though. A few swigs in and one is starting to enjoy it. Beery it may be but it’s not the pong you suffer with real ale, it’s a lagery beeriness that reminds you of what a good genuine cooking lager should be.
Opening the jumbo sausage roll, one gets a firm meatiness that lingers awaiting washing down with lagery goodness. Usually one goes for the economy sausage rolls, offering a far better sausage roll bang per buck, but today we are at the premium end of the sausage roll spectrum and all the better it is too. Thankfully it is not organic or anything, just a decent amount of pork goodness in a light and delightful puff pastry shell.
Towards the end of this gastronomical journey I find myself torn. On the one hand Beck’s is not really a proper cooking lager. However it is an acceptable compromise. It’s made by Inbev, large global conglomerate, in a big efficient modern brewery plant, and not knocked up in an inefficient shed by someone with a beard. Thus flavour and pong is kept to a minimum, but one cannot but feel that they should have tried harder. Used adjuncts to bring the cost down further and rid the tincture of it’s beeriness.
All in all though, an acceptable alternative to cooking lager.