A successful pils such as this Van Bulck Bio Pils is easily combined with a range of snacks and meals. It’s ideal for accompanying both bar food and reﬁned culinary treats. The pils can quench your thirst with salty snacks, such as olive tapenade or salty nuts. And it is just as refreshing with classic hot, fried snacks such as croquettes or fried cheese balls. At the same time, the beer can easily pair with a starter of quails’ eggs and green asparagus or scallops with pea puree. The pils really comes into its own with bitter vegetables, such as chicory, asparagus or kale, as the bitter ﬂavors intertwine with those in the beer.
Its biggest strength is how you can use it between courses to really freshen things up. The beer’s light touch, however, means courses to you should never lose track of the overall balance. Heavy or overly spicy meals will not complement the beer’s ﬂavors. A pils like this is the perfect aperitif; it whets the appetite and is the ideal starter for any successful meal.
By Soﬁe Vanrafelghem – Master Beer Sommelier