Blonde Beer, Red Ale, Shrimp & Burgers at BJ’s Brewpub

by Beer Answers on October 10, 2009

bj brewhouse beersA couple of weeks ago Jim and I were in sunny Temecula, CA (an hour northeast of Carlsbad) with some time before a meeting.

It was our first experience eating at one of the BJ’s Brewpub restaurants.

Images: BJ’s

BJ’s menu includes a handy beer-and-food pairing explanation on the inside of the menu.  They summed up the beer/food paring rules nicely.

To paraphrase: Just as, generally, (experienced craft beer fans & foodies know this):

  • White wines go best with poultry/ seafood dishes and reds go best with heavier foods like beef
  • Light beers go best with poultry/seafood and heavier beers such as red ales and stouts are great with beef

With only 45 minutes to eat we shared a tasting of four beers and two of BJ’s food paring recommendations.  This turned out to be a tasty dinner.

These are the four BJ’s beers we tried:

BJ’S BREWHOUSE BLONDE (Tasted a bit watery; not a fave of ours)

BJ’s HARVEST HEFEWEIZEN (This was a very tasty beer.  We both thought it  complimented the flavor of the grilled shrimp.)

bj brewhouse hefeweizen

PIRANHA PALE ALE (I did not think it went well with either the burger or shrimp tacos.  Jim liked this least of the four beers; surprising since he usually likes pale ales.)

BJ’S JEREMIAH RED (Jim found this beer enhanced the sourdough burger nicely.)

bj brewhouse jeremiah red

For food we had:

  • Shrimp tacos with nicely grilled and seasoned shrimp and a bit of crisp slaw.  I’ll definitely order these shrimp tacos on my next BJ’s visit.
  • A sourdough burger.  Described as …”juicy Angus burger served on Parmesan grilled sourdough bread with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and 1000 Island dressing. Very messy but very good! Available with Applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.”

bj brewhouse burgerYes, we opted for smoked bacon and cheese.  The sourdough bread was a great compliment.  I would have liked the burger to be a bit juicier but it was pleasant.  Jim was happy with it.

If you’re interested in paring craft beer and food, BJ’s Brewhouse food is good quality and their recommendations seemed to work well.  Hey, especially if you’re traveling and cannot get to your local favorite brew pub.  These guys are in a few states.

We recommend trying BJ’s Brewhouse.  You can find a list of their locations here.

Share your thoughts (below in comments) on BJ’s or other brew pubs with lots of locations for traveling craft beer fans.

Jim and Cynthia

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Craft Beer Tasting: Blonde, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale & Jeremiah Red from BJ's Brewhouse | beer answers
October 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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