RULE OF THUMB The general rule of thumb when pairing beer with food is to match a dish’s flavours with similar beers. For example, a heavy dish should be matched with a strong-flavoured beer like a Belgian Ale.
Beer is a perfect match with spicy foods such as Indian and Thai cuisine. This is because beer has a lower alcohol percentage than wine and spirits. Higher alcohol drinks tend to intensify the spicy dishes, which leave little room to really enjoying the flavour.