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Inside Hook | The Best Beers for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner, According to Professional Brewers

Who says you always have to go with wine?

You may currently be more preoccupied with trying to secure the right light beers to have on hand at your Super Bowl party this weekend, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner as well, and that means the pressure is on to find the perfect boozy beverage to pair with whatever romantic dinner you’ve got planned. Wine is the more obvious choice for a nice candlelit meal, of course. But if you and your date typically prefer beer to other spirits, there’s nothing wrong with cracking open a nice brew to set the mood.

As we said when we rounded up the best bottles to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, beer gets a bad rap; it’s got a reputation for being too unsophisticated or pedestrian to pair with a fancy meal. But there are plenty of rich, complex brews that taste just as elegant as a glass of wine (and some that even retail for as much as $240 a bottle). Anyone who believes there isn’t a beer out there capable of adding the right ambience to a romantic Valentine’s Day meal simply doesn’t know where to find the right one.

To solve for this, we asked a handful of beer industry professionals to tell us their go-to brews for a romantic dinner date, and their recommendations run the gamut from rich, heavy stouts to light, crisp pilsners. Check them all out below; you’re bound to find something to fall in love with.

Kevin McGee, CEO of Anderson Valley Brewing Company: Kings & Daughters Wintering

Style: Stout
ABV: 7.3%

My Valentine’s Day pick is from a small, new brewery in Hood River, Oregon called Kings & Daughters. It’s a delicious, deep and soulful stout called Wintering. The pub I was at when I was lucky enough to come across it referred to it as a “cozy stout,” and they were spot on. This beer is snuggles in a glass. The perfect pint for those of us that are still feeling the chill in the air come February 14 and have any inclination whatsoever to curl up in front of a fireplace with someone. Any inclination at all. Could be a cat, too. We don’t judge.

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