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JAMES ARMSTRONG is a freelance writer in New York City.



May 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Meat & Poultry

Jerky & Beer Pairings

Page 2: Tasting Notes ~ Part 1



All of the jerkys are available online. The beers are also available, although you can go to your favorite craft beer shop and find similar beers, if these exact ones are not available. Check our Beer Glossary to learn more about the different styles of beer. This is Page 2 of a four-page article. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.


The Contenders: Tasty & Chewy

Our jerkys contenders were from Buffalo Bill’s, House of Jerky, Jedidiah’s and Tillamook Country Smoker. Here are our notes, listed in alphabetical order of manufacturer and tasting progression. The panel’s favorites are listed at the end of the notes.

Buffalo Bill’s Country Cut Teriyaki
With Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Buffalo Bill's JerkyThis moist, thick cut of beef combined a blend of delicious soy and ginger flavors with an enjoyably soft texture. The consensus beer of choice to eat with any Teriyaki blend we tried came from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Delaware. The Raison d’Etre ale combines beet sugar, green raisins and Belgian-style yeast, which proved to be a perfect foil for most of the jerky that we had on hand. We came back to this beer time and time again throughout the course of the tasting.

  • One Roll Of 12 .44-Ounce Cans

The next two jerkys were also enjoyed with the Raison d’Etre ale. With the following jerky, we also tried a stout.

Buffalo Bill's Country Cut Honey Pepper JerkyBuffalo Bill’s Country Cut Honey Pepper
With Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre Belgian Strong Dark Ale or St. Peter’s Cream Stout

With the same texture as the company’s Teriyaki flavor (above), the Honey Pepper version, tried here in strips rather than shredded form, brought more to the plate in terms of complexity. Flavors of paprika, honey and pepper were prevalent and the Dogfish dark ale proved to be a good counterpart, as well as a cream stout from St. Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk, England. The cream stout blends four local barley malts which marry together to create a slightly bitter dark chocolate flavor.

  • 3.5-Ounce Package

House of Jerky’s Western Ostrich
With Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre Belgian Strong Dark Ale

House Of Jerky Ostrich JerkyThis was the jerky we were all anticipating the most at the outset of the night and it didn’t let us down. Who wouldn’t want to eat ostrich after a full night of beef, beef, beef? The ostrich proved to be lighter and was seasoned perfectly. Notes of pineapple, pepper and soy danced on the palate. The meat had a snappy, slightly leathery texture, which wasn’t annoying to dispatch of due to the flavor. The ostrich, paired with the Raison d’Etre dark ale, proved to be the best pairing of the night, as it intensified the flavor of the raisins in the ale.

  • 4 Ounce Package
    Other Sizes Available


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