Steel & Oak Beer Pairings with Local New Westminster Food

By Alexis Baran

Meandering up and down the hilly riverside streets of New Westminster is a great way to work up an appetite and a thirst. If you are down to hunt for the perfect local food to pair with locally brewed beer, the walk from restaurants to the neighbourhood brewery with your take-out feast in-hand is a great way to explore the streets on a nice day.

Here are pairing suggestions from the crew at Steel & Oak Brewing:

Restauraunt: Rivers Reach
Food: New West Deli Pizza
Beer: Smoked Hefeweizen

Daniel Johnston, front of house manager, recommends that the “rich, meaty and savoury pizza is balanced perfectly by our smoky and subtle Hefeweizen. Great pizza and great beer, how could you go wrong?” With all of the meat piled on this pizza – salami, pepperoni, ham, ground beef, and Italian sausage, a smoked Hef is both complementary and refreshing.

Walking distance: 15 minutes

Restauraunt: Longtail Kitchen
Food: Pad Thai
Beer: ESB

Sweet, savoury, and spicy fresh Thai food is a great complement to a bit of a bitter sip. “Nothing like fresh and bright Pad Thai to offset with the crisp, understated bitterness of our delicious ESB,” says Steel & Oak owner, Jorden Foss, “always a winner.”

Walking distance: 18 minutes

Pad Thai at Longtail Kitchen
Pad Thai at Longtail Kitchen

Restauraunt: El Santo
Food: Al Pastor Tacos
Beer: Red Pilsner

Tacos and beer, a classic North American love story: “The Al Pastor tacos are sweet and spicy which makes for a great match with the thirst-quenching Red Pilsner,” articulates Jay Schreiber, beer sales guy, “so refreshing!” El Pastor tacos are piled with 12-hour braised Fraser Valley pork, grilled pineapple, onion and cilantro.

Walking distance: 18 minutes

 El Santo launch party, December 2015
El Santo launch party, December 2015

Restauraunt: Old Terminal Pub
Food: Pochachos
Beer: Royal City Ale

Brian Chow, operations manager, is pretty spot on – “who doesn’t like nachos made with waffle fries?! The Royal City Ale is an easy drinking, satisfying pairing for any day of the week.” And yes, waffle fries’ nachos are good any and every day of the week as well.

Walking distance: 5 minutes

Royal City Ale
Royal City Ale

Want to stay planted while you munch? Some of these beers may be featured in these restaurants – call ahead to make sure, bottles and taps have been known to change!

Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
1319 Third Ave.
New Westminster, BC
steelandoak.ca
604-540-6495

Rivers Reach
320 Sixth St.
New Westminster, BC
www.riversreach.com
604-777-0101

Longtail Kitchen
810 Quayside Dr #116
New Westminster, BC
longtailkitchen.com
604-553-3855

El Santo
680 Columbia St.
New Westminster, BC
elsanto.ca
604-553-1849

Old Terminal Pub
115 12th St.
New Westminster, BC
www.theterminalpub.com
604-522-6545