What to pair with game food

For much of the time since "culinary" became a word that people actually used, the focus on beverage pairings has been on fancy dishes and wine.

Not anymore. Two most welcome trends -#8212; the craft-beer boom and consumers' increasing comfort with the once-forboding world of wine -#8212; have brought us to a point where we can speculate, and of course debate, not just whether to have wine or beer with everyday foods (and Super Bowl party staples), but which type of each is best-suited for them.

So here's the lowdown from beer guy Michael Agnew and me, Bill Ward, the wine guy, on options for some of our favorite food-beverage combos.

No longer the province of the privileged, pairings put everyday food -#8212; and beer as well as wine -#8212; in play.


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