At a recent Carolina Brewery Beer dinner at Prohibition in Charleston, SC, Chef Stephen Thompson reduced the brewery’s oatmeal porter down for the broth of a funky Chinese Five Spiced Pork Belly Ramen. The beer leant a sweet darkness to the whole thing and an extra level of flavor.
Then he went further and paired the porter with the course as well, so you got a double shot of the dark chocolate tones and silky texture. It was memorable to say the least, not only for the ramen, but of course, for the beer.
A Bronze Medal Winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, Carolina Brewery’s Oatmeal Porter weighs in with an ABV of 5.9% (porters notoriously taste “heavier” than they are), and what I really liked about it was the creaminess and how the taste of the oatmeal was evident, even for a not-so-often porter sipper like myself.
And you don’t have to concoct the pork belly ramen to enjoy it. Pair it with any of the following dishes and warm up the winter.