Here's a mistake that I make fairly often. And, I'll bet that many of you do too.
I find myself so anxious to have a beer that I overlook the food aspect of beer tasting. This especially happens when I'm trying a beer for the first time. Then, when the tasting doesn't match my expectations, I shrug and say 'Oh well, it wasn't what I expected.'
What I should do first instead is some homework to try and find a cheese, meat, or some other snack that might go well with the beer. I know, I know.....It seems like common knowledge that beer, like wine, can go perfectly together with certain foods. Some of you are probably even rolling your eyes saying, 'what does he know anyway?!' Though, I seem to often forget that when it comes time to sit down with a beer.
I wonder if it happens to you? So, what have I done? Am I taking my own advice? You bet. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this while sampling some Middle Ages Wailing Wench Ale from Syracuse and smoked gouda from Holland. And a bit of fresh-from-the-oven sourdough bread from Wegmans. Thanks to Melissa for the Wench and Joe Sixpack for the gouda suggestion!
In any case, I've attached a few links to follow below for some decent beer/food pairing and recipe thoughts and ideas.