BEER AND BACON: Matt Kirkegaard from BeerMatt will be bringing a craft beer stall to BaconFest.
BEER AND BACON: Matt Kirkegaard from BeerMatt will be bringing a craft beer stall to BaconFest.

BaconFest: Do you know what beer goes with bacon?

WHEN you're talking about pairing food and beverages up, some things just go perfectly together.

From milk and cookies to wine and cheese, there are a lot of well-known pairings that you're probably familiar with.

But when it comes to BaconFest, Matt Kirkegaard, owner of the Brisbane-based craft beer company BeerMatt, believes nothing goes together better than beer and bacon.

And with this philosophy, he'll be bringing a selection of craft beer with flavours suited to bacon, that will be available for tasting at his craft beer tent.

Mr Kirkegaard said you can expect some Rauch beer, German wheat beer, and more.

"When you think about good beers to go with bacon, you can't go past the classic German beers, as they love pork, sausages and bacon. It all works well together,” he said.

Mr Kirkegaard said for those who don't know, Rauch beer is basically a smoked beer, which can take similar notes to smoked bacon.

"It takes on some of those characters, especially if the wood they use is the same that they smoke the bacon over,” he said.

"The similarity makes it a beautiful pairing, and as it's quite an intense beer flavour, it really works with something as strong-tasting as bacon.”

Mr Kirkegaard said he loved the concept of BaconFest, as it celebrates the move towards championing local produce.

"You can really see the roles small producers play in the community at these types of events, and that's the type of shift we've seen in the beer industry for over 10 years,” he said.

"Drinkers have moved from choosing large, commercial brands, to looking at brewers that are smaller and in the local community.”

Mr Kirkegaard said it was changing the way we consume our drinks.

"Once upon a time we drank more beer without much thought, but I feel now people are putting much more time into enjoying the experience,” he said.

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