Beer Name: Homestyle
Brewery: Bearded Iris
Food Pairing: Burger Up Sweet Potato Fries
Appearance: Warm orange
Aroma: Fruity and juicy
Where to Find It: Bearded Iris Brewery, Filling Station, Burger Up
This summer has been a hot one, and if I’m going to be sweating, I at least want to feel like I’m sitting on a beach listening to something exotic, like Martin Denny or Les Baxter. But the closest thing I can get to exotic in Nashville is feeling a cool breeze while riding with my windows down on Granny White or watching the sunset across J. Percy Priest Lake.
Summer’s warmth may be itching us the wrong way, like one of those sweaters Grandma used to give you, but Bearded Iris’s Homestyle IPA is here to help us forget about all of that. Yes, it’s an IPA. But no, it isn’t one of those IPAs. What I mean is, it won’t leave you making a face like you just ate a whole pack of Sweet Tarts. It’s a fruity and fragrant beer that’s easier to drink than any IPA I’ve ever had. The slight taste of mangoes is really what gets me. Pour it in a glass, and it looks just like that damn sunset.
You can find this beer at multiple spots around town—if it were any more popular, it might have a publishing deal or be called an “influencer.” But my favorite place to have the Homestyle IPA is Burger Up, with a big side of sweet potato fries. The soft and juicy taste of the beer pairs perfectly with the salty and slightly sweet flavor of the fries. Ask for the jalapeño aioli too—just trust me.
Beer and fries is the meal of champions. But this combo puts a twist on the classic—just like the Homestyle puts a twist on the IPA. It’s a little exotic, a little familiar, and the perfect cure for a hot Tennessee summer.