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Our Favorite Beers to Pair with Ribs



We all like different stuff - and nowhere is that more obvious than the world of barbecue. That's why barbecue ratings or "best of" lists are just silly. If you want to get in a big ol' fight with your best bro, try proclaiming a definitive barbecue "best." Trust us.

We don't like to fight, but we do like to grill. A lot. And we enjoy a tasty beverage with our barbecue. Each menu, season and event can call for a different beer selection. So today, we're focusing on beers that pair well with ribs.

There are different kinds of ribs and there's no "best." But here are some beers that have really hit the spot.

Beers with Spicy Ribs

Chihuahua Cerveza El Primero - This Mexican-style lager was born for sunny days and spicy foods. We've found it's a tasty and refreshing partner for ribs that have a kick.

Toppling Goliath King Sue Double IPA - Citra hops give this hazy beer hints of mango, orange and pineapple - creating a nice yin/yang for spicy ribs. This brewery may be up and coming, but Beer Geek calls this brew "world class."

Miami Madness from J. Wakefield Brewing - Brewed here in Florida, this weisse is made with guava, mango and passionfruit. Its fruity, tart flavor pairs well with spicy ribs and makes both the barbecue and the beer pop.

Beers with Dry Ribs

Ten Fidy from Oskar Blue Brewery - This imperial stout is big - real big. Chocolate, caramel and coffee tones make this smooth drinker a nice match for anything with a dry rub - especially ribs.

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Co. - Another stout, this one is bourbon barrel aged. You'll find a roasted malt flavor and vanilla mixed in with oak. We love it with anything beef, but think it pairs especially well with dry ribs.

Beers with Wet Ribs

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen - This amber has a bit of zest, but it's balanced. This beer is easy to drink and will let the sauce on your ribs shine. It was originally brewed for Oktoberfest, so you know it pairs well with meat.

Fly Fishing Brewing Co. Abbey Dubbel - We like this dubbel for ribs with vinegar-based sauces. It's got a bit of a cherry taste and a molasses finish - a nice complement to meats with a tangier kick. The brewery has a limited distribution area, but it's worth seeking out.

Pilsner Urquell - This Czech pilsner has a soft bitterness to the hops. We like how it balances out wet ribs that are sweet. This brewery was founded in 1842 and, well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Beers with Sweet Ribs

Anchor Summer Wheat - We get a hint of honey and citrus from this classic. It has a dry finish that's a perfect partner for ribs that have a sweet tinge. Are we sounding like beer snobs yet?

Leinenkugel Orange Shandy - Based on a traditional weisse beer, this refreshing shandy is a perfect summer drink. It's light and pairs surprisingly well with barbecue.

Beers for All Ribs

We aren't elitists. And we're here to tell you that yard beers are amazing for mowing the grass and eating ribs. Grab a Yuengling, PBR, Champagne of Beers or the lager of your choice and enjoy!

No matter what brew you choose, drink responsibly. And don't leave any meat on those bones!