Tacos + Craft Beer

Next up on The Flavor Project! Dr. Bill and I have lunch at Encinitas Mexican hotspot, El Callejon. What craft beers will he pair with our perfect SoCal lunch: fresh salsa & chips, Carne Asada & Carnitas Tacos with cilantro, onion, & lime, and Pescado Veracruz with Sea Bass?

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Dr. Bill's response:

For a great salsa, nothing beats a San Diego Pale Ale (IPA). Green Flash West Coast IPA is a great choice. The bitterness from the hops calms the heat on the front and the back palate leaving a lingering burn at mid-palate, so you chile heads won’t be disappointed.
Arrogant Bastard is my choice for Carne Asada & Carnitas tacos. The aggressive strong ale is actually quite well balanced with big hops are like a squeeze of lime over these tacos, and the caramel notes from the malt compliments the pork & beef, yet still allow the tortillas to shine.
The Sea Bass with Chipotle sauce is perfect with Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA. The roasted malts add a smokiness to the chipotle sauce and a sweetness to the corn, but doesn’t hide the fish.
— "Dr. Bill", Master Pairings
Posted on February 27, 2014 .