Mussels and wine are an excellent combination, we knew that. But did you know that mussels and beer also like each other very much? Fun is actually an understatement. It’s a match made in heaven that you should definitely try. The salty (slightly salty), subtle taste of mussels combines well with the bitterness of a beer. The flavors complement each other perfectly.
Cooking mussels in beer
PS: a cold beer with the mussels is also a very good idea.
In Belgian beer
Belgian beer and mussels is the most common match. After all, many of these shellfish are caught and eaten in Belgium. In fact, this combination makes sense. This editor once ate in a restaurant in Antwerp where you could choose from 26 varieties of Belgian beer and mussels. A dizzying experience.
Belgium is known for its beers in all shapes and sizes . So there is also a lot of choice in which to prepare the mussels. Choose beer that you normally like, then you can hardly go wrong.
In wheat beer or weizen
While you can expect all kinds of combinations with Belgian beer, a white beer or weizen gives a subtle and fresh note to the mussel pan. Wheat beer or weizen fits very well with the summer season, to which mussels certainly belong. Weizen has strict requirements for its production, but as a result has a neutral taste in mussels. You can combine a wheat beer very nicely because of all kinds of citrus tones that go very well with these seafood .
Tip: first cook the mussels in water with the seasonings until they are almost done, then add the beer at the end. Then you get a kind of beer sauce, which is fantastic for dipping.
Still hard to choose?
Then we have a few more tips:
- Choose with the season, lighter beers in the summer, dark beers in the winter
- The beer should give a subtle taste (bitter) to the mussels and the sauce, so adjust your choice accordingly
- A beer where the mussels are snowed under is a waste of the mussels
Also delicious with mussels:
- Mussels in sake
- Spaghetti with spicy mussels
- Mussels in tomato sauce
- Thai mussels with coconut milk, ginger and coriander
- Mussels with fries
Curious about different types of special beers? You can view a nice selection on the Dorstlust website.