Good friend of mine points me in the direction of a Wall Street Journal piece that's about selecting the right beer with your meal. The article talks about how it's always wine that gets the nod with meals, but beer selection is just as important.
The expert in the piece discusses how she uses tastes and texture to match the food with the beer. For me, it's about taste, not texture. It's also about the time of year.
For example, if you're grilling a filet with a side of grilled asparagus, corn on the cob and maybe some rice pilaf, I'd lean towards a Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. The selection is due to the fact that it's not a heavy beer, but still has enough body to justify drinking it with that quality of meat. If you swap out the filet with chicken breast (lemon pepper) and it's summer time, then I'd probably go with a Sam Summer.
But, for you beer and food lovers out there, give the article a read. What's your favorite food/beer combo?
The Art of Picking the Perfect Beer for a Meal - WSJ.com