Best Brew Bites

What to eat with all those flavorful international beers

Comme Ça Burger

Comme Ça Burger

Between sips of the intriguing beers at the Desert Hops International Beer Experience, you’ll want some lip-smacking eats. This year, three Cosmopolitan restaurants will be providing bites worthy of the brew, all priced between $3 and $12.

Comme Ça’s namesake burger is quite possibly the perfect hand candy for your brewskie, and the modern French brasserie is delivering it on its Desert Hops eats menu. Cradled in a golden brioche bun is a prime beef patty smothered in Vermont cheddar, topped with a simple onion slaw. If mini burgers aren’t your bag, though, chef Brian Howard will provide a selection of oysters with all the traditional fixings.

Here’s something that will not only complement the beer but will compete with it: Jaleo’s paella de pollo y setas silvestres, a traditional paella of tender chicken and mushrooms. This dish, which requires special permits for the open flame, will offer a little entertainment, a lot of flavor and an interesting pairing for some of your favorite brews.

Stepping away from its regular menu, the Henry will roll out bratwursts and their crispier-skinned relatives, knackwursts, which will come wrapped in a pretzel bun, topped with smoked ham hock sauerkraut, caramelized onions and a selection of house-made spicy and grainy mustards. Or, for a twist on the traditional, try yours currywurst-style: finished with curry ketchup and crispy onion rings.

Dessert might not being the first thing that comes to mind to pair with a nice, cold beer, but don’t knock it until you try the Henry’s krapfen, German pumpkin and apple doughnuts, dusted with maple sugar. Jeff Walter, the Cosmopolitan’s executive chef, suggests pairing these babies with “a really dry Japanese beer or a really thick, heavy dark beer, like a barley wine.” Dare we suggest trying them with both?

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