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Every beer drinking country has its traditions when it comes to drinking beer and snacking, whether it’s the salty bar snacks that go with beer that are given to you for free to increase your consumption or the ones you buy, it’s important to get it right.  Pairing your beer and the best beer snacks ensures that you get the best experience when you’re travelling.   We’ve collaborated with some great travel writers and beer drinkers to bring you a compendium of worldwide beer snacks.

These top beer snacks are sorted in alphabetical order by region and country.

Our writers have scoured the world to bring you the best beer and snack pairs, they’ve tested them rigorously and brought you photographic evidence.  From Ecuador to Japan, from Germany to India and Australia to the Azores, these really are the world’s best snacks to eat with beer that you’ll want to seek out and consume.

We asked all our contributors to tell us about one of their favourite beer snacks from around the world and what specific beer to drink with them.  That’s because beer snacks pairing is important to ensure you get the most from both your beer and your drinking snacks.     Read on, and then tell us what your favourite snack to have with beer is.  If we’ve missed any, then drop us a line and let us know what else we should include!

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Best Armenian Beer Snacks

Armenia’s Best Beer Snacks – Crayfish

It has to be one of the more bizarre snacks with beer that we’ve had around the world.  Crayfish.  In bars throughout Armenia, you’ll find tanks of fresh living crayfish.   In the market, you’ll see boxes and boxes of them.  Armenians boil them up with a dash of vinegar and allspice.   They’re served with dill.  Crack them open, eat the claw and white meat.  It won’t take you long, there’s not much meat on these little snackettes.  You’re going to need to order quite a few to fill up and on that basis, you could argue that these are healthy snacks with beer!

Armenian Beer Snack Crayfish

Armenia’s Best Beer Snacks  – Chechil Braided Smoked Cheese

We’ve eaten chechil in a number of diferent countries.  First of all in Russia, and then most of the old soviet states as we’ve passed through them on our overland trip from Istanbul, Turkey to Khiva, Uzbekistan.  It’s moorish, salty and very, very addictive.  You’ll sometimes just find it referred to as Armenian braided cheese.   It is for me, the best snack for beer in Armenia.  Chechil, however, originated in Armenia.  It’s a string cheese – a bit like a semi-hard mozzarella.  You’ll find it in plastic packs in the fridge of supermarkets – braided into a short rope of dense strings.

Braided Smoked Cheese

In Armenia you may also find it call “husats” or “tel”.  You may also find it as “chechil panir” or Armenian or Syrian cheese.  (Many of the Armenian refugees from the Armenian Genocide settled in Syria) The curd is bathed in hot whey, kneaded and stretched to a pliable consistency.  It’s then braided.   It’s generally smoked.  It is the most available of Armenian snacks for beer.  You can even find Chechil in the USA.  For me, this is a perfect combination of beer and snacks!

It’s slightly salty, chewy and a great pair with the most recognisable of Armenian beer brands, Kilikia.

Read More on Armenia in our Itinerary for the Caucasus like a local.

Best Australian Beer Snacks

The best Australian snacks to eat with your beer relate to the particular cuisine of the area of Australia – we’ve pulled together advice from native Australians and visitors alike to bring you the best bar snack ideas and even some health beer snacks too.

Australia’s Best Beer Snacks – Vegemite on Toast

I was somewhat dubious when Alex Gibb of Size Jinx in One told us of his top Australian beer snack pairing, but now I can’t wait to go back and taste this.

Best snack with Australian Beer?  What could that be? Well for me it’s Vegemite on white buttered toast with Matso’s Mango Beer. It’s Vegemite, not Marmite.

Kicking back on a nice hot summers day with your Mango beer, but there’s something missing? You know that time of the day, where you haven’t eaten anything for lunch and your stomach is just craving hard for a snack. The combination of Vegemite and Matsos beer is unique and I would say it is still my favourite beer snack today.

There are two traditional versions of Marmite, the British version and the New Zealand version.  Australia, however, has it’s own version called Vegemite. It is currently my favourite beer snack in Australia. Matso’s Mango beer is just pure goodness for the taste buds. If there were some health factor for drinking this beer I would be drinking more. At the end of the day, it’s just a good beer that has a flavour of Mango, that compliments the hot dusty dry weather conditions.

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Vegemite is made from yeast extract, it’s thick black food spread, a by-product of beer brewing. It’s naturally salty in taste and can be a love or hate relationship for many people.

So give it a go, you got nothing to lose.

Australia’s Best Beer Snack – the Sausage Sizzle!

Karen Bleakley hails originally from the UK and recommends a sausage sizzle as her best Australian beer snack – just one of the pieces of advice on her site about relocating to Australia!

Australians like a good beer, and the perfect snack to go with a beer is a sausage sizzle! I’m originally from the UK where we eat a sausage in a hot dog roll but, in Australia, you eat your sausage sizzle beer snack wrapped in a piece of white bread. Tomato sauce (Ketchup is a Pommie word, apparently), mustard and onions are optional.

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You’ll find plenty of free BBQ points around the beaches and parks in Australia to cook your sausages on, but be sure to check the drinking rules as you aren’t allowed to drink alcohol in lots of public places here. The safest option is to slap on some sunscreen, invite your mates around and fire up the barbie in your own backyard overlooking the pool.

I don’t drink often but I do love the taste of beer, so my favourite beers to enjoy with a sausage sizzle are non-alcoholic Carlton Zero or Coopers Ultra Light.



Australia’s Best Beer Snack – Prawns on the Barbie

Ingrid Norris of Fabulous and Fun Life tells us that there is nothing more Australian than prawns on the barbie with a beer.  We have to agree..

What is more Aussie than drinking beer? Drinking beer while consuming prawns and socialising with friends and family around a barbecue!

In Australia an ice cold beer is the drink of choice at Summer barbecues and the food of choice to accompany the beer is barbecued prawns, or shrimps, as they are better known to the rest of the world.

Best Australian beer snack prawns on the bbq Source Pixabay

Plump juicy prawns, marinated in lemon juice and seasoned with some salt and pepper, eaten hot off the barbecue accentuate and enhance the flavour of beer. This food and beer combination can be found in backyard barbecues all around Australia.

 

Best Azorean Beer Snacks

The Azores Best Beer Snacks – Tremoscos with chilli and garlic oil

Megan Starr tells us of a tried and tested beer snack made better.  Many people associate Tremocos as a beer snack when Portugal comes to mind.  While the ones in Portugal are delicious, the ones in the Azores are incredible!  You will undoubtedly find them at every bar you go to or anywhere where beer is present!  In the Azores, they marinate them in a chilli and garlic oil and makes them spicy and to be honest, completely addictive.

AZORES BEER SNACK

I was waiting to end up with intestinal issues from the absurd amount I consumed whilst there (never happened, thank goodness!)  These brined lupini beans are very regional and different marinades exist depending on where you are at.  Out of all of the places I’ve travelled, I definitely think the Azores sits at the top in terms of delicious beer snacks!

At AsocialNomad we LOVE Tremoscos and rate them as our top best snacks for beer!

 

Read more about Megan’s Azorean travels.

Best Canadian Beer Snacks

Canada’s Best Beer Snacks – Poutine

Thanks to Danielle from Wanderlust While Working for reminding us of a famous Canadian dish to eat while drinking beer.  Poutine.

One of the most interesting beer snacks I’ve had was poutine in Montreal, Canada. Poutine is a mix between salty french fries, savoury gravy, and cheese curds, but many places in Montreal offer their own spin on poutine. I’ve seen add-ins like buffalo chicken, smoked meat (another Montreal favourite), or other vegetarian options like veggies or falafel at many of the restaurants in the area.

Canadas Best Beer Snacks Poutine

We got our poutine with beer at Le Saint Bock, a Montreal brewery we visited as part of a guided brewery tour. The tour recommended pairing the beer with a stout, but I prefer going with other somewhat dark beers, such as an amber ale. There’s something about the salty fries with the sweet amber finish that makes it a good combination. Check out all the food and drinks we tried in Montreal.

Explore Montreal through food and drinks – this fabulous tour takes you to all the best spots – and you get to eat and drink all the way through too!  Reserve your spot now!



Canada’s Best Beer Snacks – Nachos

Our best beer snack from Canada comes from Lil Miss Kate!

Canadians love to throw parties especially if it means that junk food snacks and beer are part of the mix. In Canada, we are not satisfied with eating game day snacks once a year so we bring them out for all major sporting events. There is nothing better than celebrating and watching major North American sporting events such as the Superbowl, Stanley Cup, Grey Cup, or World Series with a bunch of friends, some amazing appetizers and of course BEER. Now one of the favourite snacks in Canada is NACHOS, now there are multiple ways to make nachos but my favourite is the Easy Layered Nacho Dip.

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The Easy Layered Nacho Dip is made with cream cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, salsa, and lots of cheese! The Easy Layered nacho dip is super yummy and only takes a few minutes to make. You can make this dip ahead of time and serve with nacho chips, crackers or baguettes. Or if you are too lazy to make nacho dip yourself it is a staple on any bar and grill menu and pairs perfectly with beer. There is nothing better than enjoying the game with Easy Layered Nacho Dip and a local craft beer, my husband’s newest favourite is Grey Matter Beer Company which is locally made in Kincardine, ON.

Learn how to make Easy Layered Nachos or one of our other varieties of Nachos to enjoy the game and the Beer.

Want to learn about the history of Toronto through beer?  Check out this amazing tour where you can combine the history of the city AND find out about her beer!



Best Chinese Beer Snacks

China’s Best Beer Snacks – Ma la Huasheng

Sichuan cuisine is one of the best-known regional Chinese foods, with its signature ma la, or numb and spicy, flavours found in restaurants across the country. The numbness comes from the Sichuan pepper, which is also found in my favourite Chinese beer snack – ma la huasheng, or numb and spicy peanuts.

There are a few different brands who produce them, but the best is by Huang Fei Hong. They take the Sichuan peppers and chillis and add them to quality peanuts from Shandong province, where the coastal city of Qingdao can be found.

Best Beer Snacks from China Ma La Peanuts

As this is the home of Tsingtao beer, it makes sense to pair the two – especially in the city itself where you can take a brewery tour, drink Tsingtao fresh from the barrel on Beer Street, or simply take a bottle and bag of ma la huasheng down onto the beach.

Thanks to Lee from My Favourite Lens for this – we can’t wait to get back to China to try these! We didn’t find too many Chinese bar snacks when we visited the first time, now we’ll know what to look out for!

 

Best Czech Beer Snacks

Czechia’s Best Beer Snacks

If you are fortunate enough to be invited into a Czech’s home, you’ll undoubtedly be offered a wide variety of Chlebíčky, or traditional, open-faced sandwiches.  This doesn’t sound fancy or all that unique, after all, what makes a sandwich so unique?

Well, Chlebíčky is really just an umbrella term for this quick snack, appetizer, or even small meal in and of itself.  There are essentially endless ways you can make a Chlebíčky!  The foundation is basic.  Start with a piece of bread and smatter on some mayo or butter.  Simple, right? Ok, now add a cheese (something like Edam).  Not too tough right?  But here’s where it gets fun.  Add literally ANY meat you want (salami, lox, you name it).  Throw on some pickled vegetables(yes, this is almost always a must!) and fresh veggies like cucumbers, radishes, and /or peas.

Czechs best beer snacks Chlebíčky

Does it look like a smorgasbord of ingredients??? Great! You’ve got a Chlebíčky.

Now, if you are in the Czech Republic, then you know that you can’t go wrong with a Pilsner Urquell to pair with your finger food.  But, depending on your Chlebíčky toppings, consider some of the delicious dark beers, like the Kozel Černý.  Just like the sandwiches, just choose whatever your heart desires and you can’t go wrong!

Check out LeAnna’s inspiring read about the Czech Beer baths on Economical Excursionists.

Best English Beer Snacks

England’s Best Beer Snacks – Pork Scratchings

Sinead from Maps Made Memories suggests that the best snack to eat with beer in England is the pork scratching.  We seriously agree on this one!  There are good beer snacks and there are great snacks with beer, this falls into the great beer snacks category!   The best English snacks to go with beer can be bought not just from pubs but also stores and supermarkets too.

Pork scratchings are a delicious traditional snack found in pubs throughout England. You will usually find pre-packaged bags hanging behind the bar or if you are lucky, freshly made bowls of the mouth watering snack on the counter. Pork scratchings are small pieces of once cooked pork rind.

English Beer Snack Pork Scratching

The rind is either deep fried or roasted. A generous dose of salt is added in the cooking process but they are also delicious sprinkled with fennel seeds or spiced up with paprika. Pork scratchings are served cold and are tooth challengingly crispy! They are best enjoyed with a pint of bitter – or a bitter ale such as Cornish Knocker – which combats the saltiness of the scratchings.

Best Ecuadorean Beer Snacks

Ecuador’s Best Beer Snacks – Patacones

Shifting to the other side of the world, Scott and Hayley from International Hotdish rave about their favourite beer snacks from Ecuador.

When you’re sitting on the beach in Ecuador, you should probably have a beer in your hand. And if you have a beer in your hand, you should have a plate of patacones by your side. What are patacones, you say? Glad you asked.

Patacones are salty, flattened, twice-fried plantain disks. Plantains are a starchy plant, not unlike potatoes, so they make a tasty, affordable fried treat for when you’re having a few beers. Patacones end up being similar to french fries: they’re crispy, salty, and starchy. And while they might be popular in Ecuador, they can be found all over South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and Africa.

Best Beer snack Ecuador Patacones

Since you’ll probably be in a hot climate when you eat these, your best beer pairing is a pilsner. The salt on the patacones will drive you to drink more, and having a moderately light beer helps prevent bloating. Enjoy!



 

Best French Beer Snacks

Best Beer Snacks from France – Popcorn in Paris!

Thanks to Elisa from World in Paris for suggesting popcorn as the perfect snack to go with French beer.

It is well known that France is famous for its good wine. However, Parisians also like to enjoy cold beers from time to time, with a clear preference for Belgian beers and some local brands. Whilst French wines are usually paired with equally excellent cheese, Parisians are less glamorous when it comes to find something-something to go with their favorite beers.

French beer snacks popcorn

The most common beer snack proposed by cafes and bars in Paris are (salty) popcorns which are even more appreciated if they are freshly made. Wine in Paris is always a good idea but on a hot summer day there is nothing better than sitting in a beautiful terrace and whiling away the afternoon with some cold beers and popcorns. Some bars may add olives, chips or nuts to the beer  -popcorns  -terrace equation but I would not count on it!

France’s Best Beer Snacks – Socca from Nice

Maureen from Life on the Mediterranean recommends Socca from Nice, France as the French beer snack of choice – you could check it out while exploring day trips from Nice.

Throughout the years, Nice, France has been tossed back and forth between Italy and France, and the local ‘peasant’ cuisine here shows  hints of its former Italian roots.

One local specialty we enjoy for Apero is called, Socca, in the Nicoise dialect. Socca is really only enjoyed from Nice going east to the Italian border. Once you cross over Italy into Liguria, they call it, La Farinata.

Socca is so ridiculously simple. It’s a pancake made of chickpea flour (garbanzo beans), water, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it. This pancake batter is then baked in a round crepe pan in a pizza oven. There are even restaurants that serve nothing but socca. I love it thin and crispy with a healthy dose of pepper.

Socca Beer Snack Life on the Mediterranean

But the saltiness will have you begging for a cold beer. Our beer of choice in these parts that goes great with Socca is the traditional French Kronenberg 1664. Otherwise, if you want something darker and heavier, go with the next popular beer, which is Duyck Jenlain Amber.

Check out Nice’s bars with a local!  Book a Nice Bar Crawl Tour today!



Best Georgian Beer Snacks

Georgia’s Best Beer Snacks – Suluguni Cheese

Suluguni is a Georgian cheese.  It’s sour, somewhat salty and dimpled, which means its often called the “pickle cheese”.  You’ll find suluguni in colours from white to pale yellow, and it might also be deep fried!  In markets you’ll see large discs of suluguni.  It’s salty sour taste makes it a great combo with the main beer that you’ll find here in Georgia, Natakhtari.

Buying Cheese At the Kutaisi Market

Best German Beer Snacks

A Selection of Germany’s Best Beer Snacks

You might expect we’d have several top beer snacks from Germany, there are a variety of beer snacks from around Germany that are popular.   Typical German snacks vary around the country and for the best German bar snacks in each region we’ve gathered together some expert opinion to bring you the best snacks from Germany.  There are traditional German snacks here and some a little newer too.

Best Bavarian Beer Snacks –  Obatzda

You might have guessed that we’d have a lot of German snack food in here, Corinne Vail from ReflectionsEnroute has a favourite from this region.

Obatzda, a cream cheese spread, is often served with brown bread and raw onions. It has a pale pink colour as one of the ingredients is a sweet paprika. It is the perfect accompaniment to a great Bavarian beer, such as the Weltenburger Klosterbier from Kelheim.

Beer snack OBatzda

There is nothing better than sitting in the monastery beer garden and whiling away the afternoon with some traditional Obatzda and a beer.  This is one of the more moorish snacks to eat with beer that we’ve seen!

Check out Corinne’s in-depth article about the Munich Hops Museum and explore the world of Bavarian beer.


You can also explore Munich through beer – and find out more about the famous beer halls in the city.


Many of the most popular German snacks to go with beer are related to sausages in all different types.  Cate Brubaker’s favourite German Beer Snack is tried and tested – and making my mouth water as I write this…



Munich’s Best Beer Snacks – Bratwurst

One of my favourite countries for beer is Germany, and one of my favourite things to eat with a German beer is Bratwurst, fresh off the grill. I always eat mine in a Brötchen (roll) topped with mustard. It’s absolutely the best! A staple at festivals, outdoor markets, and home grill parties, a fresh, hot Bratwurst warms you up on a cold day, yet is still satisfying with a beer on a hot summer day.

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Bratwurst are inexpensive, easy to find anywhere in Germany, and taste great with all kinds of beer. My favourite German beer? It’s a toss-up between Bitburger or a Hefeweizen (but really, I love them all).

Be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and check out Cate’s German Dessert suggestions.

Dresden’s Best Beer Snacks – Currywurst

Taking Bratwurst a step further is Kaylie Lewell of Happiness Travels Here, with her favourite beer snack from Dresden.

In Germany bratwurst and beer just go together. But in the former East German city of Dresden, like in Berlin, you will find the humble sausage has been given an upgrade. Grilled and diced bratwurst is topped with a slightly sweet curry sauce, choose how spicy you want it from kindergartener mild to knock your lederhosen off spicey.

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While you might get to choose 8 levels of heat you’ll only get one choice of beer. In Dresden, at the most popular vendor Curry24, it is the refreshing Radeberger Pilsner that is on offer. Crisp and slightly sweet it’s the perfect beer to cool the mouth and quench the thirst.



Oktoberfest’s Best Beer Snacks – Weisn hendl

Carlos from A Brother Abroad recommends soaking up your German beer at Oktoberfest with the Weisn hendl..

When it comes to beer, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is the holy grail of events.  Tents spread across the Wiesn with carnival attractions between and unimaginably fun chaos inside make this place many a beer drinker’s ultimate bucket list item.  Unfortunately, with all of this hop-filled magic in the air, it’s easy to go a few steins too far.  When you do tiptoe across that line between beer and a little too much beer the “Weisn hendl” will be there to save you.

Germanys best beer snacks weisnhendl

Weisn hendls are rotisserie chickens, seasoned, slow cooked for hours, and served to passersby to simply walk and eat by hand during Oktoberfest.  These tasty handheld messes, as greasy as they are, hit the spot as a rejuvenating beer snack when the beer drinking hits Oktoberfest competition level intensity.  Though any beer following the beer purity law or “Reinheitsgebot” will suit perfectly, enjoy your hendl with a Hofbrau beer to experience two Oktoberfest staples at once.

 

Best Beer Snack from Hungary

Hungary’s Best Beer Snack – Pogacsa

Thanks to Katalin from Our Life Travel who brings us salty pastry from Hungary.  Be sure to check out some fabulous things to do in Budapest here.

Pogacsa is a simple yet tasty beer snack in Hungary. You need a bit of luck to find them in pubs as they are the best when fresh, but it’s popular among locals and you can buy them in bakeries without hassle.

Hungarys best beer snack Pogacsa

Pogacsa is a smaller rounded shaped salty pastry and has numerous flavors. The most common types are containing one of the following as the main ingredient: butter, potatoes, cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese or cabbage. My personal favorites are the ones with potatoes. Their salty flavor goes well with beer and at the same time fills your stomach. They are usually served in a basket or a bowl for the whole group and everyone takes pieces from it.

Best Indian Beer Snacks

India’s Best Beer Snacks – Masala Peanuts

Masala Peanut and sips of beer form a best or deadly combination in India’s rocking bar and party or drinking scene.  From rich to poor this peanut masala is a favourite side dish or complimentary dish with Beer in India.

Spicy, tangy, savoury deep fried peanuts with chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies and garnished with chopped coriander and freshly squeezed lime juice in my favourite side dish with Beer.  The tangy and savoury flavours of Peanut Masala counteracts the bitterness of beer and balances the taste in combination.

Indian Beer snack masala peanuts

Also, beer makes the mouth dry and these deep fried peanuts balance the oiliness in the mouth.  Beer with roasted peanuts is quite famous in many countries, but in India, this is served with a slight twist.  Here in India, we deep fry skinned peanuts and then toss them with chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander, fresh lime juice and many masalas ( spices).  Indian party is incomplete without Peanut Masala and is a must starter dish with Beer.  Read more about Indian dishes to try out.

We love Masala Peanuts – so thanks to Yukti from TravelwithMe247 blog for adding this to the Best Beer Snacks guide!



India’s Best Beer Snacks – Chivda

Lavina from Continent Hop suggests snacks to eat with your Indian Beer.

While masala peanuts are popular as an option of what to eat with beer in India (they get ASocialNomad’s vote for the best Indian snacks with beer) , my personal favourite is ‘Chivda’. Chivda is very versatile. It hails from India and the main ingredient is roasted rice or corn flakes. Depending on preferences, locals make it in a variety of ways so no chivda is same unless it’s bought from the same store or from a recognised brand!

Top Beer Snack India Chivda

What makes it a great snack for beer is that in addition to being crunchy, usually peanuts, cashew nuts or almonds are added to the mix. You might even find fried curry leaves, ‘shev’ – fried strips of gram flour and other additions in it, ensuring you get a burst of flavour, every time you take a bite.  Try them and see if, for you, they’re the best snack with beer in India.

Chivda tastes best with Kingfisher or a King’s which can be found only in Goa!

Best Indonesian Beer Snack

Indonesia’s Best Beer Snacks – Tempeh

Tempeh has been eaten in Indonesia for hundreds of years, primarily as a replacement for meat.  It’s made from slightly fermented soybeans.  It’s high in protein and calcium and has a textured, nutty flavour.  It’s very solid and it’s great fried with garlic, lemon and salt.  The resultant fries or chips, especially dipped into a salsa will have your bottle of Bintang going down very well.

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Best Irish Beer Snacks

Ireland’s Best Beer Snacks – Oysters

Kevin and Heather Moriarty of Live Learn Family Travel, report on their experiences of the best beer snacks in Ireland.  Irish pub snacks, you’ll find are similar to those in the UK, but when it comes to snacks to eat with Guinness, you’ll want to try something special.

It seems difficult to imagine visiting Ireland without partaking in a proper pint of Guinness at the local pub.  This was unequivocally the experience I was looking forward to the most.  My mind filled with visions of rugged-looking fishermen in tweed hats sipping the dark, rich stout made famous in the 1800s.  The snack of choice to accompany this iconic beverage?  Fresh oysters, of course!

Top Beer Snack Ireland Oysters

The pairing of Guinness and oysters is sturdily rooted in Irish history.  Long before oysters were considered a delicacy they were seen as the food of the poor and the protein of survival for Irishmen during the Great Famine.  As for stout, it was appreciated by the working class because it cost less than other beers, had a stronger taste and, most of all, more calories to sustain them.  Times have changed and cost aside, the flavour combination is undeniably brilliant.  The briny, salt-sprayed oysters are a perfect match to the slightly bitter taste of the creamy stout.  In fact, Howard Hillman, author of “The Gourmet Guide to Beer,” calls Guinness and oysters “a marriage that was made in heaven”.

Next time you visit the Emerald Isle, try it for yourself.  Sláinte!

Best Italian Beer Snacks

Italy’s Best Beer Snacks – Ciccioli

Adriano Fariselli hails from Italy and never misses an opportunity to tell the world about Ciccioli, which should be accompanied of course with Moretti.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Italy and the best of the best comes from Emilia Romagna: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto, Tortellini, Balsamic Vinegar and of course Ciccioli.  In a region made famous by its food, it’s a guarantee they have some great snacks!

Ciccioli are little bites of deliciousness made by cooking chunks of pork until all the fat drains away.  They are then seasoned and put into a cloth sack and pressed.  Either in a special press or by driving a tractor over it, if you believe the stories the old guy at the bar tells you.  At the end you are left with a dry crunchy bit of pork you buy at the local butcher shop.

Best beer snack Italy Ciccioli

On a crisp autumn day, there is nothing better than grabbing a sack of Ciccioli and heading across the piazza to the bar and ordering up an ice cold Birra Moretti, a pale lager the Italians have been drinking since 1859.  The light crispness of the beer offsets the salty crunchiness of the Ciccioli and is just another example of how the Italians are culinary masters.

Catch up with Adriano and Charleen Fariselli at Big Wave Nomads.

Best Jamaican Beer Snacks

Jamaica’s Best Beer Snack – Banana Chips

Charmaine from Jamaica Travel Saver suggests banana chips, washed down with a bottle of Red Stripe!

Banana production in Jamaica is widespread.   The plant is cultivated by both large and small farmers and is one of the main agricultural exports for Jamaica.   The banana plant is used locally to produce banana flour, baby food, banana porridge, banana bread and one of Jamaica’s favourite snacks banana chips.

The green banana is cut into thin pieces, fried and lightly salted to produce these crispy and quite addictive snacks.   The salty taste will have you hankering for a cold beverage to accompany it.  My beverage of choice is Red Stripe Beer, the most popular beer brand in Jamaica.

banana chips and red stripe beer Jamaica

There is nothing more satisfying than sitting on a beach bar munching on these mouth-watering chips accompanied by a cold bottle of Red Stripe beer.



Best Japanese Beer Snacks

Japan’s Best Beer Snacks – Kushikatsu

Mary Chong of Calculated Traveller suggests heading to a specific area of Japan for the best beer snacks.

The Shinsekai area of Osaka Japan is well known for its neon lights, bars, nightlife, and the famous Kushikatsu – battered and deep fried skewers of meat or vegetables. Each Kushikatsu is dipped into a communal rectangular metal container containing a sweet brown dipping sauce before eating and is typically served with large pieces of torn cabbage. The cabbage cleanses the palate between bites, eases digestion from all the oil, and acts as a spoon should you need more sauce on your skewer.

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Lotus Root and mushroom Kushikatsu in Shinsekai Osaka Japan.

Sold individually by the skewer the budget-friendly Kushikatsu goes perfectly with any beer but I like to drink Asahi Super Dry when in Japan.

The main rule to adhere to when eating these delightfully addictive skewers? No matter how many beers you’ve had – no double dipping allowed!

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If you’re heading to Japan, then be sure to go to the Asahi Brewery for a free beer (and of course snack) tasting.

Japan’s Best Beer Snacks – Edamame

Edamame are young soybeans usually served still in the pod (although you can buy them shelled too).  They’re a popular Japanese beer snack, although unlike many beer snacks they’re surprisingly healthy and a great source of low fat protein.  Edamame are boiled in salted water, or steamed then sprinkled with salt.  Apart from the salt, which makes them moorish, Edamame really are healthy beer snacks.  They can be eaten hot or cold, but are better with a little warmth in them.  To eat your edamame direct from the pod, bring it to your lips and squeeze or bite the beans into your mouth.  The beans usually pop out pretty quickly.  Don’t eat the pod! Edamame are our favourite Japanese bar snack by far – they count as one of the low calorie beer snacks too!

japans best beer snacks edamame

 

The best beer to drink while eating Japanese beer snacks like Edamame?  I like Asahi, but that’s because I visited the Asahi brewery in Japan!



 

Best Latvian Beer Snacks

Latvia’s Best Beer Snack – dark rye bread

Andrew Strikis from Lap of Tasmania heads to Latvia for his recommended best beer snack.

Latvia might be tiny, but this fiercely independent Baltic nation punches well above its weight when it comes to beer. Or anything alcoholic for that matter.

Winters are long and cold this far north, and self-care typically involves an addictive combination of rye bread and beer.

But not just any rye bread.

Black as night and thinly sliced, all it takes is a dab of garlic and a quick grill to transform a dense brick of Latvian rye into *ķiploku grauzdiņi*, the world’s best beer snack.

Latvian rye bread latvias best beer snack

Labietis Brew Pub (http://www.labietis.lv/en) sits within walking distance of Latvia’s gorgeous art nouveau ‘Old City’, and this ex-industrial hipster paradise is the perfect place to indulge in a pint of Latvia’s finest, together with a generous bowl of crunchy ķiploku grauzdiņi.

There are more than 40 varieties brewed on site to whet your appetite, but we recommend starting with either a sharp Ķēniņmeita (Daughter of the King) Pale Ale, or in cooler weather a traditional Bronze-age braggot called Gaismas Ragana (Witch of Light).

Prieka!

 

Best Mexican Beer Snacks

Mexico’s Best Beer Snacks – Nachos de Pastor

Amoya from Trippin Momma has our mouths watering with her contribution from Mexico..

Travel down to the beautiful Merida, Mexico to experience the best beer snack in Mexico, Nachos de Pastor. These delicious Yucatan style nachos are layered with tortilla chips, fresh guacamole,mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, salsa, and topped with a massive amount of delicious arrachera beef.

Nachos de Pastor

They are seriously mouth watering and go well with Cerveza de Barril of course. Careful! You might find it difficult to stop eating these nachos. You’ve been warned!

Mexico’s Best Beer Snacks – Tacos

Sitting on the beach in Tulum, Mexico overlooking the Caribbean sea. I’ve spent the morning being warmed by the tropical sun and cooled by the crystal blue waters. Now I’m enjoying a cool refreshing “Tulum” branded larger at a small palapa bar. The waiter says “tacos” and passes me a plate. There couldn’t be a more authentic Mexican dish. A taco is a tortilla, small flatbread, you can put virtually any type of food on it. It’s a Mexican sandwich.

 

These Tacos have Cochinita Pibil on them. Cochinita is pork and Pibil means it’s cooked in the ground the traditional Mayan way. The pork is slow cooked overnight. It’s marinated in bitter oranges, achiotle and some other flavours, then wrapped in banana leaves to keep the juices in. After twelve hours of cooking the meat falls off the bone. It is so tender it melts in your mouth the flavours are like an explosion.

Mexicos Best Beer Snacks Tacos

It’s served with onions and chilli on the side so you can spice it as you like. As you don’t need cutlery to eat tacos, they are great beer beach snacks.

I love these Cochinita Pibil tacos so much that I did a Mayan Cooking Class to find out how to make them.

Mexico’s Best Beer Snacks – Cacahuetes Japoneses

Jaime from Time Given Us heads to Mexico with a Japanese twist for our next recommendation.

In Mexico, there is absolutely no lack of delicious food to munch on with a beer, but if you get a beer with any Mexican they will most likely grab some cacahuetes japoneses, or Japanese peanuts, to snack on. They’re peanuts covered in dough and soy sauce and then fried, as most delicious snacks are, giving the peanuts an extra crispy salty crunch that are absolutely addicting.

mexicos best beer snacks Cacahuetes japoneses

The name makes it seem like they were brought from Japan but they were actually created by a Japanese immigrant living in Mexico. The story has it that he started selling these peanuts in Mexico City’s La Merced market and they became so popular that people started asking for where they could find the Japanese peanuts. Nowadays, you can find them anywhere you can find snack food in Mexico and they come in a variety of flavours.

You can wash down this salty snack with a Victoria (ask for it to be muerta, which literally means dead but really means you’d like it very cold). Or, if you’re wanting the full-on Mexican experience, get a michelada, a beer mixed with lime and Clamato (tomato and clam juice) and topped with chile. Whichever beer you choose, enjoy it like Mexicans do, listening to music and enjoying time with good friends or family. ¡Salud!


Best Mongolian Beer Snacks

Mongolia’s Best Beer Snacks – Byaslag Dried Cheese

Thanks to Lisa fromthe HotFlashPacker for her recommendation of Mongolian dried cheese to be washed down with Chinggis beer, check out her post on a Mongolian Desert Trip for more inspiration

The food in Mongolia isn’t very good unless you like greasy noodles, dumplings, and mutton.  Vegetables are non-existent.  But there was one snack that I rather liked, and it would be perfect with beer!   There was a dried cheese called Byaslag.

Mongolias Best beer snacks dried cheese

This cheese is made from goat, sheep, cow, or yak milk.  It’s then cut into rectangular pieces and dried in the sun.  This cheese would go good with the Mongolian Chinggis Beer or one of the other Mongolian lagers (I don’t know the name as they were all in Cyrillic).  If you can’t find any beer, you could drink it with fermented mare’s milk.

Best Netherlands Beer Snacks

Best Dutch Beer Snacks – Bitterbal

Esther de Beer of Your Dutch Guide knows a thing or two about the best Dutch Beer Snacks and advises that you can’t visit The Netherlands and not order a portion of bitterballen to go with your beer. Typically, the filling of a bitterbal is a ragout made from either veal or beef and then battered and deep-fried. However, in winter you can also find bitterballen filled with a ragout made from game, like venison or wild boar. And nowadays it’s not uncommon to see vegetarian or even vegan bitterballen on the menu of bars and cafés.

Best beer snack Netherlands Bitterballen

Since The Netherlands have such a booming and rich craft beer scene, I absolutely have to recommend some great beers from small Dutch breweries to go with your bitterballen. I really think you should order the beers from Maximus brewery from Utrecht. Their hoppy beers like the Pandora or High Hops go very well with snacks. Another popular beer from Utrecht is Hop Art, a fine IPA by Utrecht brewery Van de Streek. If you are based in Amsterdam, you simply have to visit Brouwerij ‘t IJ while you are there. It’s set at such a great location, near the water and a windmill. It doesn’t get more Dutch than that, and it’s only short stroll or tram ride from the city centre. The beers by ‘t IJ are al 100% organic and their blond beer IJwit is round, soft and fresh and goes perfectly with some hearty, warm bitterballen.

If craft beer is your thing, check out the Ultimate Craft Beer Guide to Utrecht from Your Dutch Guide.

Best Beer Snacks from New Zealand

New Zealands Meat Pie – the best Beer Snack from NZ

Bailey from Destinationless Travel is raving about the meat pie from New Zealand.

The humble meat pie has become a New Zealand food staple and is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy while having a beer. Although the meat pie was introduced during European settlement of New Zealand, it has since become a national food. Meat pies are most commonly found in bakeries or dairies (NZ corner stores) but are also commonly served in New Zealand bars to be enjoyed alongside a beer.

New Zealands Favourite Beer snack Meat Pie

The pie is both a convenient and delicious food to enjoy – and eating one is a one hand operation meaning you’ll always have a hand free for your beer!

Like fine wine, every type of pie has its paired beer. A beef pie is best paired with your lighter beers such as a pilsners or lagers, whereas chicken pies are more suited to ales. But the truth is, no matter what beer you have, a New Zealand meat pie will make the perfect snack!

 

Best Beer Snacks from Nigeria

Nigeria’s Best Beer Snacks – Kilishi

Thanks to Urah, of KBWriting, a Nigerian lifestyle blogger for letting us know about Nigeria’s best beer snacks.

Kilishi is a dried slice of meat collected from either goat, cow or sheep which originates from the northern part of Nigeria.  It is one of the best beers snack for the average Nigerian who prefers classic snacking.  The juicy and peppery taste you get when combined with Eva beer makes it one of the best beer snacks for a cool and breezy evening.

nigerias best beer snacks Kilishi

Kilishi is easy to make – Meat is sliced into sheets for easy drying.  The sheet of meats are then immersed in a paste made from peanuts called “labu”.  Labu is made from the combination of peanuts, water, spices, salt, onions and honey, all mixed together into a paste. The coated sheets of meats are then left to dry before roasting on a wire mesh



Best Beer Snacks from the Philippines

Best Filipino Beer Snacks – Sisig

Bren from Bren on the Road has our first suggestion for Filipino Beer Snacks.

If you’ve spent any time in the Philippines, you’ll know these people love to enjoy a beer (or twelve), and of course, the nights don’t end without some good beer-friendly food. Sisig sits at the top of the list. So what is it? Sisig is a pork dish, but it’s made from the “leftovers” of the pig – think the snout, the ears, the cheeks. It’s all chopped up, almost like minced meat, and then fried to a crisp in pig fat, salt and pepper, vinegar and calamansi.

best filipino beer snacks sisig

 

It might not sound delicious, but it seriously tastes like bacon and pork belly on steroids. When you’re halfway through a bucket of beers and a sizzling plate of sisig comes out, I guarantee you’re ploughing into it and ordering another.

Of course, it’s best paired with the famous Filipino beer, San Miguel.

There’s a lot more on Filipino food from Bren’s food frenzy guide.

Best Beer Snacks of the Philippines – Chilli Cheese Sticks

Jhanis Vincentte of Third World Kitchen suggests spicing it up a little with a second top Filipino beer snack, the name should give away the heat levels!

Dynamite or Chili Cheese Sticks is a popular appetizer here in the Philippines. Definitely not for the faint-hearted as every bite brings the spiciness to a higher level. People also prepare this as a beer snack and is almost always served in many pubs and bars around the country.

Third World Kitchen - Chili Cheese Sticks

Made with cayenne peppers and cheese, rolled in spring roll wrapper then deep fried, this finger food gives you a nice zing in the mouth! Bars serve this with a mayonnaise dip on the side but the men like this dipped in plain vinegar. Goes really well with San Miguel Pale Pilsen Beer or Red Horse Beer. Be careful though, this will make you drink more than usual to chase the chilliness away!



Best Polish Beer Snacks

Poland’s Best Beer Snacks – Kabanosy

Thanks to Ania from The Travelling Twins for visiting Poland, drinking beer and bringing us back this recommendation for Kabanosy.

Whenever I am in Poland, I always look forward to joining friends for a beer, because it means that I will be tasting Kabanosy.

Kabanos (pl: Kabanosy) is a long, thin, dry Polish sausage made out of pork. It can be hard on soft depending on age – the older the meat is, the harder it gets. They are eaten cold.  A good quality Kabanos is made with 140g of meat for every 100g of the finished product. And that 140% intensity comes through in the flavour. Kabanosy are quite smoky in taste, and they are the perfect accompaniment to the strong pale lagers brewed in the south of Poland.

Polands Best Beer Snacks Kabanosy

Kabanosy have been produced continuously since the Middle Ages.  They were developed as a way of preserving meat, and as they don’t need any cooking, they have always been a favourite snack for Polish travellers, soldiers and beer lovers.  Recently, new flavours have become available including chilly and cheese. But in my opinion, nothing can beat the classic pork Kabanos.

Best Portuguese Beer Snacks

Best Beer Snacks from Portugal – Bifana

Thanks to Amber from With Husband In Tow for reminding us of this fantastic beer snack from Lisbon…

Lisbon, Portugal is home to some of the best food in the world. One of the best things to eat in Lisbon is the bifana sandwich. The bifana consists of thinly sliced pork loin, slow cooked in a stew of white wine, garlic, and spices. Served on a fresh roll and dressed with spicy yellow mustard or chilli oil, or both. Bifanas are true beer snacks, typically eaten throughout the day.

Best beer snacks from Portugal Bifana

Many Portuguese enjoy their bifana while standing in bars and restaurants. While some Portuguese enjoy their bifana with wine most enjoy their bifana with a cold and refreshing Portuguese beer, either Sagres or Super Bock. Sagres and Super Bock, the two biggest brands in Portugal, are light pilsner style beers which complement the tender meat and spice of the bifana. Don’t miss out this quintessential Portuguese beer snack.

 

Portugal’s Best Beer Snacks – Tremoscos

Tremoços – or lupini beans – are only made edible by the process of soaking them in salted water for several days.   You’ll find them in bars in Portugal dusted with salt as a favourite beer snack.   They’re also found in Ecuador as the street food, Cevichochos and Egypt known as the Arabic, “termes” (ترمس).   In the UK and the USA you may find them in specialist food stores, usually in the olives and pickles area, they’ll be marked lupine or lupin beans.  (don’t mistake them for broad beans!).

Portuguese Beer Snacks Tremoscos

They’re served in their skin, which you remove by either making a tear with your teeth and grabbing the bean inside, or by twisting your thumb and forefinger to pop the bean out.    They’re Moorish, extremely tasty and addictive.  They’re high in protein, moderate in fat and have high antioxidant capacities – all of which means I can eat more of them than less.

Best Russian Beer Snacks

Russia’s Best Beer Snacks – Crispy Dried Bread

The Stingy Nomads find that Russia’s Best Beer Snacks are ubiquitous and also easily made at home, which is probably what makes this suggestion the best of Russian beer snacks – this is probably the simplest of the homemade beer snacks in this list as well as the most popular Russian snacks for beer.

Crispy dried bread snack is the most popular beer snack in Russia you can find it anywhere; homemade or store-bought, like chips just smaller portions. The dried bread snack originally wasn’t associated with drinking beer and leisure people used to make them when going on a long journey or a war because they’re easy to preserve and quite filling.

Best beer snack Russia

Nowadays it’s just a snack with all sort of flavours from tomato or mustard to caviar that can be made from rye or white bread. It’s easy to make them at home; cut bread into small square pieces (1x1cm), salt them, add flavours and put in the oven for about 20min. Why are they great with beer? Well, first they are salty you need something to drink. Second, they’re nice and crunchy. Third, they’re cheap most bars give it to you for free as addition to your beer. Rye bread snacks are great with dark beers when white bread once go with light beers. My husband (South African) loves this snack, especially with spicy tomato flavour.

Take a look at the Stingy Nomad’s recommendations for a trip around St Petersburg.  Check out what we ate and drank when we were travelling in our Russian Food experience.

Best Slovakian Beer Snacks

Slovakia’s Best Beer Snacks

Maya of Mayamaceka narrows down Slovakian snacks to three options.

Slovakia is a country that is famous for their delicious (and extremely cheap) beer. However, the delicious snacks to go along with the beer often get overlooked. Which is a shame, since Slovak food is rich and full of flavour.

Here are the top three Slovak beer snacks:

Bryndzove Halusky: This hearty meal is one of the national dishes in the country. It consists of soft noodles in a thick sheep’s cheese sauce. Best paired with a can of cold Kozel beer.

Best Beer Snacks Slovakia

Utopenac: While this dish isn’t winning any awards for beauty (or scent), it’s a very popular pub snack in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It’s basically picked hot-dog with onions and pickles. Traditionally served with a heaping portion of bread. Best paired with a light pilsner.

Tartar: In some countries, beer tartar is a classy dish. But in Slovakia, it’s standard pub fare and goes nicely with just about any Slovak craft beer.

 

Best South African Beer Snacks

South Africa’s Best Beer Snacks – Biltong

Jessy of Planet Pilgrims suggests the top beer snack from South Africa is pretty versatile with a long history.

Biltong literally means a ‘strip of meat’. It derives from the South African forefathers who would sundry their meat during their ‘trek’ into the country. They would often hang it under the saddles of their horses. The chaffing would make the meat tender and the sweat of the animal would make it spicy. I think I would have been vegetarian during that time…  In current days the spicing is made up of vinegar, salt, sugar, coriander and other spices. Beef biltong is the moistest.

Best beer snack South Africa Biltong

You can find biltong of Kudu, Springbok, Eland, Ostrich and these days even of tuna. Biltong is the perfect snack to go with your Castle Lager although I prefer it with a Hunters Dry or Savannah Dry. Biltong is also the perfect ‘padkos’ (pad = road; kos is food) and whenever we go on South African road trips I make sure to have a stack next to me to snack on while driving. My daughter also loves it so it often goes into her lunch pack too. It is a very healthy snack and most kids love it.

Read about Planet Pilgrim’s favourite South African road trips from Cape Town

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Best South Korean Beer Snacks

Korea’s Best Beer Snacks – Fried Chicken

Marie from Be Marie Korea recommends Korean Fried Chicken as the best beer snack in Korea.

Korea has a big drinking culture, people tend to drink a lot when going out with colleagues and friends. Soju and Korean beer like Cass or Hite are the most consumed alcoholic beverages. When going out for drinks, people will always order snacks or food. It is very rare to see people drink, without eating at the same time.

Korean Best Beer Snack Fried Chicken

For beer, the most popular snack to order is fried chicken. The Korean fried chicken is quite different from any other fried chicken, as it is fried twice. Therefore the skin is crunchier and less greasy. Every fried chicken restaurant seasons its chicken with different spices and herbs. After the chicken is fried, it is usually hand painted with some kind of sauce.

When walking around Seoul, at any market, you’ll see many fried chicken restaurant and stalls. Try the yummy fried chicken with a glass of Hite or Cass.

Best Beer Snacks from Spain

Best Spanish Beer Snacks – Patatas Bravas

Justine Ancheta from Latitude 41, a Barcelona travel blog, recommends patatas bravas to eat with your Spanish beer.

Originally from Spain, patatas bravas are fried potato wedges cut into irregular shapes, then drizzled with garlic aioli and a spicy red sauce. It’s the sauce makes it special, which is made with olive oil and spicy smoked paprika. Patatas bravas hail from Madrid but it’s enjoyed all over Spain in cities like Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville.

Spains Best Beer Snacks Patatas Bravas

In some places, they’re called patatas a lo pobre (“a poor person’s potatoes”), which refers to being a dirt-cheap dish for the poor! When served warm, these crispy potatoes are paired beautifully with any cold Spanish beer like Moritz, Cruzcampo, or Mahou. They’re typically eaten as a tapa, which is a small dish that’s shared by more than one person. You eat it by sticking your fork in each piece, ensuring you get some sauce, and putting it directly in your mouth. Alternatively, you can put a few potato pieces on your plate, but that’s not as fun!



 

Best Beer Snacks from Andalucia Spain

Alison from Alison In Andalucia is spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a tapa (or two) to enjoy with my beer but, when push comes to shove, I’d have to say that nothing comes close to tortillitas de camarones (shrimp fritters).

Originating from the Cadiz province these crunchy snacks are, without doubt, a highlight of the Andalucian tapas scene.

Andalucias best beer snacks tortillitas de camarones

They’ve been around for over 400 years and are made with camarones (tiny shrimp which are cooked whole – shells, heads and all!), spring onions and parsley in a chickpea flour batter. Fried in olive oil until they’re perfectly crisp, they’re the perfect accompaniment to an ice cold Estrella Damm (or a Cruzcampo if you really want to keep it local) sitting in a chiringuito as the sun goes down on another glorious day on the Costa de la Luz.

Salud!

 

Best Beer Snacks from Granada, Andalucia Spain

Worldwide Shopping Guide’s James takes our beer snack compendium to the Andalucian town of Granada in Spain to tempt your taste buds.

In some towns in Spain, such as Granada in Andalucia, it’s still typical to get a complimentary tapa served with your beer. One of the most common tapas that you can expect to get is a slice of Spanish tortilla, known in Spanish as tortilla española, tortilla de patatas, or tortilla de papas.

A Spanish tortilla is an omelette made with slices of potatoes and eggs, mixed together and cooked in a deep frying pan. Some recipes use onions as well, but even this slight variation is considered controversial in Spain. Any other additions, such as slices of pepper or tomato, are essentially pure sacrilege.

Best Beer snack Spanish Tortilla

The tortilla is normally cooked up in advance and served cold, although some bars will reheat it before serving. It’s often served with a slice of bread, as part of a pincho, or with a dollop of Aioli on the side.

Spanish tortilla pairs well with most beers and is most commonly served with a pale lager.

Best Ukranian Beer Snacks

Ukraine’s Best Beer Snacks – Dried Fish

Thanks to Megan Starr for recommending one of the favourite Ukrainian snacks for beer – dried fish.

My absolute favourite beer snack in the entire world is dried fish and it is found ubiquitously in Ukraine.  While it is extremely common across many post-Soviet countries, I have mostly consumed it in Ukraine at various bars, homes, and even inside of the grocery stores in several cities within the country.  Ukrainians love to pair dried fish and sometimes dried meats alongside their frothy, refreshing beers and dried fish has even been a bit ‘modernized’ these days with the evolution of craft beer.

Best Ukrainian Beer Snacks Dried Fish

One of my favourite things to do in Kiev is to go to the Bierwelle shop and check out their large counter of dried fish and hundreds of bottles of beer in the fridges.  The staff knows which fish and beer pair together best and it is a heavenly treat.  If you’re a beer lover and fancy a delicious beer snack to go along with it, look no further than dried fish.

The Ukraine’s Best Beer Snacks – Chips Luxury

Niels Thomas, the RoadTrip Guy brings us beer snacks from the Ukraine

When I visited the Ukraine I thought that vodka would be the most popular drink, but to my surprise, it was actually beer. Many cafes and restaurants have their own brewers and having a delicious snack with your beer is a must-have for the Ukrainians.

Best Beer Snack Ukraine

These local potato chips are called “Chips Luxury” and are very popular when drinking Lviv Piva Beer. The locally brewed beer is one of the most popular beers in Ukraine and the Chips Luxury snack goes well together. Other than salty chips, the traditional chicken wings with a blue cheese or BBQ sauce are also very popular as a beer snack. There is one rule when it comes to a Ukrainian beer snack: It has to be salty…extra salty!

You can read more about Niels Road Trip through the Ukraine.

The USA’s favourite beer snacks

America’s Best Beer Snacks

Buffalo wings are a favourite beer snack in the US and one of the most common dishes served at Super Bowl parties across the country. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sports bar that does not have them on the menu.  Invented in Buffalo, NY, the town holds a two-day celebration – the National Buffalo Wing Festival – in honour of this popular food.  To make them, the wings are deep fried (without breading) and are then coated with a hot, tangy sauce comprised of melted butter, red pepper, hot sauce, and vinegar.  To combat the heat from the sauce, they are served with blue cheese dip (or ranch dressing if you don’t like blue cheese) and celery sticks. The combination might sound strange, but it’s delicious!

Americas best beer snacks buffalo wings

There are plenty of styles of beer to pair with this delicious snack, thanks to the plethora of craft brews in the US, but classic buffalo wings go best with an IPA to cut the heat of the wings.

Buffalo wings are quite messy – the sauce usually finding it’s way onto your favourite shirt no matter how hard you try to contain it – so make sure you have plenty of napkins before digging in!

Thanks to Sheri from Wanderlibre for recommending Buffalo Wings as the favourite beer snack from the USA – we LOVE them too!

Best Beer Snacks – What’s Your Favourite?

The best beer snacks around the world seem to have commonalities – it’s a taste the compliments the beer you’re drinking.  They contain salt, fat and flavour in a variety of quantities.   Although there are a variety of health snacks that go with beer also contained in this list of the best bar snacks.

We’ve included traditional bar snacks, cold bar snacks and all sorts of snacks that go well with beer.   We’ve included links to beer snack recipes and and the best pub snacks for you to enjoy.

More than that, they go with different beers around the world.  They’re memories of the place you ate them, and the beer that you washed them down with.

What’s your favourite beer snack?   Can you add to our list of the best snacks with beer and bar snacks around the world?  Let us know!

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About Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter is an avid reader, writer and traveller. She loves hiking, sailing, skiing and exploring the world through food. She left a successful career in IT security and compliance in both the UK and US to travel the world with husband and partner in adventure, Nigel.


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