The Perfect Jerky and Beer Pairings
September 27, 2018 | Blog: The Range

The Perfect Jerky and Beer Pairings

Home workout. Zoom meetings. Netflix and chill. Repeat. Is it just us, or are your quarantine days blurring together too? 

No worries, we’ve got just the thing to spice up your evenings: jerky and craft beer pairings. Because quarantine demands beer, and beer demands snacks.

beer pairing - India Pale Ale with Crushed Red Pepper Beef Jerky

Our Crushed Red Pepper jerky is a favorite among spice-seekers, and we totally get it. Something about it is suspiciously addictive. But no need to worry — there’s nothing shady going on here. Just grass-fed beef and the bold flavor of real crushed red pepper. 

That kind of jerky deserves a beer that’s equally bold, don’t you think? With loads of hops and a citrus kick, Saint Archer's IPA is just the thing to balance that spice.

Mango Habanero Beef Jerky & Modern Times Amber

If our Mango Habanero jerky had a dating profile, it would say something like “sweet and tangy with bright, intense spice.” 

So who’s its beer soulmate? Modern Times Blazing World amber ale delivers a complex flavor profile that’s intensely fruity and incredibly hoppy — the perfect match for our sweet and spicy Mango Habanero. Swipe right on this match.

Hickory Smoke Turkey Jerky & AleSmith Stout

Hickory Smoke Turkey Jerky will take you back to evenings by the campfire (you know, when you could still leave your house). 

Match its signature smokiness with the full body and rich caramel, coffee flavor of AleSmith's Imperial Stout.

Honey Chipotle Turkey Jerky & Ballast Point Grapefruit IPA

Honey Chipotle Turkey Jerky combines the sweet, smoky smolder of chipotle peppers with just the right amount of honey sweetness. (And since we’re bragging, all our turkey jerky is antibiotic-free and loaded with protein. Okay, humble brag over.)

Balance the sweet heat of this jerky with something tart and refreshing. Ballast Point’s citrusy and complex Grapefruit IPA does the trick.

Teriyaki Beef Jerky & Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Mmm ... all the sweet, pineappley, gingery goodness of authentic teriyaki without the MSG that’s in many teriyaki sauces. Our Teriyaki Beef Jerky’s sweetness is balanced by salty, umami flavors from the gluten-free soy sauce. It’s also perfect with our Pineapple Pork Sticks. 

Pair it with Kona's Big Wave, a light and fruity golden ale that’s sure to transport you to an island paradise. Metaphorically, of course. (Seriously, stay home.)

Original Beef Jerky & Dos Equis Lager

With the world turning upside down, it’s nice to know some things never change — like the classic peppery punch of our Original Beef Jerky.

One classic deserves another, so pair this jerky with the familiar, refreshing crispness of a Dos Equis Lager.

Sweet Jalapeño Beef Jerky & Blue Moon

Our Sweet Jalapeño Beef Jerky has a sweet side, sure, but it’s still one of our hottest. It calls for a beer with enough flavor and body to stand up to the spice but is still light and refreshing.

The complex flavor and lighter body of a wheat ale fits the bill. Blue Moon’s Belgian White will blend well with the sweet, spicy kick of Sweet Jalapeño.

Inspired? Order your favorite jerky flavors online and get to pairing. Cheers!


A quick word for our friends in the craft beer world: small breweries are taking a huge hit under social distancing orders. So if your local taproom offers packaged beer in stores or for carryout, go show ‘em some love!

We know this is a lot to think about. So go ahead and save or pin the quick guide below so you'll already be prepared for next weekend...and the one after that...

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