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Nice, flavorful beer-marinated deep-fried chicken bites are a mighty fine pairing for a nice flavorful beer.

Great beer deserves great food, so longtime food and beer writer (and author of World Atlas of Beer) Stephen Beaumont took on the great and important task of gathering the greatest pairings around the world and publishing them in one convenient place: a beautifully photographed cookbook. Pick up a superb craft six-pack, bomber or growler and a copy of The Beer and Food Companion and prepare to leave the wineglasses where they are. 

Joon Ou, the executive chef at Japan’s Baird Brewing, notes that this Japanese fried chicken dish is Chinese-influenced, although the use of lager does make it a little unusual.

Recommended beer: Pair with a sturdy Czech-style pilsner or a British-style pale ale.

Reprinted with permission from The Beer and Food Companion