Craft Beer Meets Craft Jerky: A Match Made in Heaven

From Craft Beer

By Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats

Beer Jerky

Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats is’s March Beer & Food sponsor.

There is something about pairing two foods with completely different tastes, aromas and textures that create perfectly intertwined, mouthwatering goodness.

At Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats our jerky-obsessed company prides itself on the craft of making jerky. From the cut of meat, to the simple ingredients, all the way to the preparation and smoking techniques—we consider every detail an art.

Being an avid craft beer connoisseur, it was no surprise when our founder and Colorado native, Duke Havlick, made the discovery that beer and jerky were a perfect fit while sitting at one of his favorite local craft breweries.

A longtime friend of the brewery owner, Havlick started chatting about the specifics of craft beer and the precise method of brewing a delicious and consistent IPA. The quality ingredients, specific boiling temperatures and fermentation periods were all important steps to making a first-rate craft beer.

Inspired by his friend’s passion, the idea of pairing craft jerky and craft beer—both made with quality ingredients, precise cooking techniques and a little love—was an idea that could not be ignored.

Duke reached out to Eric Warner, brewmaster and founding partner of Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston, to help prove that craft beer and craft jerky are truly a match made in heaven.

How to Pair Jerky with Craft Beer

“The general rule of jerky and beer pairings is to start with the milder items and work your way up to the bolder flavors,” says Warner. “It’s all about matching the intensity, so if you have something that’s really spicy, you don’t want to pair that with a milder item. The way I like to go about tasting is to try the jerky first, then take a sip of beer, let it settle on your tongue and then repeat. This way, you’re sure to taste all the flavors. From there, you just have to have fun with it and try different things.”

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