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Four ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon

Here’s how to match the refreshing Belgian White beer to food at some of Sydney’s top restaurants and bars

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A banh mi and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Yaya Stempler

A lot of fuss is made about pairing your food to your wine, but not everyone likes wine. Luckily, beer is often the perfect match to a meal, especially when you’re talking spicy food and delicious salty bar snacks. Blue Moon Belgian White is a refreshing, citrus-laced brew that is increasingly finding its way behind bars across Sydney’s drinking and dining scene. Next time you find yourself at one of these Sydney establishments pair your schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White with one of these meals to experience the beer (and your food) at its best.

A banh mi and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Yaya Stempler
Bars, Craft beer

A big banh mi at Surly’s

Darlinghurst

This excellent house of Americana in Surry Hills is an ace spot for barbecued meats, mac ‘n’ cheese, and a Bloody Ceasar while watching an NBA game. However if you’re craving something more balanced, the crew here will also pack a roll with their low and slow pulled pork, accompanied by the fresh flavours of shredded carrot, pickled red onions, coriander, cucumber, red chilli, and house-made special sauce. This American/Vietnamese hybrid sandwich is prime counter meal material, especially when paired with the complimentary flavours of Valencia orange and coriander in a Blue Moon Belgian White.

A bucket of fried chicken and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Yaya Stempler
Bars

Buttermilk chicken at Soda Factory

Surry Hills

Even the most staunch clean eater finds it hard to resist the hot, salty, crunchy qualities of a piece of fried chicken. But if you’re going to order up a bucket of crunchy fried wings you’re going to need a cleansing ale as a foil to reset your tastebuds. That’s where your Blue Moon comes to the fore. The fresh citrus aroma and herbal notes will cut through the juicy fried chicken, rounding out a night out at this hopping vintage-themed party spot.

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Barbecue riblets and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Yaya Stempler
Restaurants, American

BBQ pork riblets at Whirly Bird

Darling Harbour

Don’t be fooled by the name, this spacious new bar and diner in Pyrmont has a lot more than poultry on the menu. They’re incorporating a world tour’s worth of influences on the food front, from Korean inspired wings and a Peking duck salad to jalapeno poppers and a vegan bowl. But for classic comforts, pair your beautiful, cloudy Blue Moon White with a serve of barbecued pork riblets, served with palate cleansing accompaniments like pickled cucumber, chilli vinegar, and green onions for a gently South East Asian flavour profile that will compliment the coriander in your beer.

A burger and a Blue Moon beer
Photograph: Yaya Stempler
Restaurants, Burgers

Original burger at Bare Grill on Bourke

Surry Hills

Classic pairings earn their place in the dining cannon because they are reliably delicious, like smoked salmon and Champagne, or a traditional hamburger and a cold beer. The latter is what’s on offer at this classic burger house in Surry Hills (they have a second venue in La Perouse). Their original burger – beef patty, double American cheddar, white onion, pickle, mustard, and ketchup on a milk bun – will hit all those savoury fast food receptors, and the refreshing citrus-spiked ale will be the flavour wingman to your evening that could be taken straight out of a Happy Days episode for feel good factor.

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