Wheat beers and golden ales—which include witbiers, weizens, blonde ales, summer ales, and more—showcase, well, the wheat and other light malts. Think fields of wheat blowing in the wind and a sundress and you’ve got the idea. Pair with delicate foods, such as a light chicken dishes, pastas, or light cheeses.
Glassware: German Weizen



Pairing Thoughts …


Wheat beers are very versatile in the kitchen. They often have citric notes that work great with salads and can be great partners with spicy, citric, or herbal foods like Mexican dishes. German hefeweizens, with their banana and clove aromatics, can blend perfectly with Indian food. Their spritzy qualities also make them a great partner with mouth coating foods like eggs and cheese. Mmmm … beer and omelets for breakfast …


Recipe


Crab Cakes with Herb Salad

Vinaigrette
•    1/2 cup grapeseed oil
•    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
•    1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
•    1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
•    1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
•    1 tablespoon minced green onion
•    1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Crab cakes
•    1/4 cup mayonnaise
•    1/4 cup minced green onions
•    2 large egg yolks
•    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•    4 teaspoons minced fresh dill
•    4 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
•    4 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
•    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
•    1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
•    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•    1 pound blue crabmeat or Dungeness crabmeat
•    2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs),* divided
•    2 tablespoons (or more) butter
•    2 tablespoons (or more) grapeseed oil
•    2 5-ounce containers herb salad mix
•    Fresh dill sprigs
•    Fresh tarragon sprigs
•    Fresh cilantro sprigs


For vinaigrette:

Whisk oil, lemon juice, dill, tarragon, cilantro, green onion, and mustard in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

For crab cakes:

1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Whisk first 10 ingredients in large bowl. Mix in crabmeat and 1 cup panko, breaking up crabmeat slightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Place remaining panko on rimmed baking sheet, spreading slightly. Form crab mixture into sixteen 2-inch-diameter patties, using a scant 1/4 cup for each. Press both sides of patties into panko. Transfer patties to waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in each of 2 heavy large skillets over medium-high heat. Add crab cakes to skillets and cook until golden on both sides, adding more butter and oil as needed, about 5 minutes total.

3. Place salad mix in very large bowl. Add 1/2 cup vinaigrette; toss. Arrange crab cakes on platter. Garnish with herb sprigs, drizzle with some of remaining vinaigrette, and serve with salad.

from Bon Appetit