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The Backyard Sommelier

Justin Philips, craft-brew savant and co-owner of Beer Table in Park Slope, on what goes best with seven summery dishes.


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An earthy dark ale like Hair of the Dog Adam ($7.50 for a 12-oz. bottle at Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Ave., nr. Berkeley Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-7600). “You get a lot of nuttiness and a savory undertone that’s really nice with the meat.”
A delicate Italian like Birra del Borgo Genziana ($13.50 for a 12.7-oz. bottle at Bierkraft). “The light herbal quality can play with the soft acidity in the salad. It’s really refreshing, just as the salad should be.”
A light wheat beer like Barrier Gosilla ($12 for a 64-oz. growler at Beer Table, 427B Seventh Ave., nr. 14th St., Park Slope; 718-965-1196). “The Barrier will really let the lobster shine. It’s super-delicate and almost briny.”
A traditional lager such as Schlenkerla Helles ($3.99 for a 16.9-oz. bottle at Whole Foods Market Bowery Beer Room, 95 E. Houston St., nr. Bowery; 212-420-1320). “The slight smokiness is interesting for fried foods, especially for something with some spice to it, like tacos.”
Something sweet and smoky like Emelisse Rauchbier ($4.99 for an 11.16-oz. bottle at Whole Foods). “It has a sweet maltiness up front and some smokiness in the background. It would complement any barbecue sauce really well.”

Photographs: iStockPhoto (lobster); Alamy (sirloin, salad, tacos, ribs); Beers courtesy of vendors.


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