Drinking beer isn't like drinking wine. Red with red meat and white with light dishes. Beer and food go naturally together. Beer is a drink to quench the thirst and an experience for the taste buds. However, one defines the food that goes along for the ride is literally a smorgasbord.
In these pictures are different beers, ales and lagers. When I go into a microbrewery for the first time I usually order something to eat and a bowl of chips or pretzels. Then I ask for their tasting sample menu. I usually chose six to eight beers and they come in short tasting glasses as in the picture to the right. It is fun. It is variety and I get to understand the focus of the brew master. It supplies its own conversation.
In case there are folks that want to try their hand at their own local brew for their own local crowd here is a website that covers all the basics.
The Knights of the Mashing Fork (KotMF) are a central Connecticut homebrewing club whose members are passionate about making and drinking great beer! Named after the first guild for brewers, the original Knights of the Mashing Fork was formed in Brabant, Belgium during reign of Duke Jean I or “Gambrinus”, the so-called King of Beer and inventor of the "toast" as a social custom.