The Art of Brewing

Explore the brewer's art, one bottle at a time.

The combination of malt sweetness, hop bitterness and carbonation gives beer a versatility that shines with foods traditionally considered wine-friendly, such as cheese or Mediterranean dishes, as well as with those regions where wine fears to tread — namely Asian, Indian, Caribbean and Mexican cuisines. A world of fine international and domestic beers is yours to explore at your neighborhood Giant Eagle®.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

Flavor Profile: Dry, assertively hoppy and bitter with distinctive grapefruit esters.

Pair with: Thai or Indian cuisine, salmon, shellfish

Brews of Note: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Smuttynose IPA

Pale Ale

Flavor Profile: Dry to medium-dry with strong hop character, fruit and floral notes and some malt

Pair with: spicy dishes, burgers, pizza, caramelized desserts

Brews of Note: Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

White (Wit) Ale

Flavor Profile: Light-bodied, crisp and thirst-quenching, with defined notes of lemon zest, orange blossom and coriander

Pair with: Fresh goat cheese, white fish, shellfish, dishes flavored with orange

Brews of Note: Blue Moon, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

Wheat (Weiss) Beer

Flavor Profile: Light to medium bodied, crisp, with signature flavors of banana and clove; notably foamy head

Pair with: Fried or jerk chicken, steamed crabs or crab cakes, Mexican cuisine

Brews of Note: Franziskaner, Weissbier, Hoegaarden, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat


Flavor Profile: Medium-bodied with mild hop character, malt, fruit and spice overtones and robust carbonation

Pair with: Spicy Asian and Indian dishes, fried foods

Brews of Note: Spaten, Harp, Great Lakes Eliot Ness

Pilsner (Pils)

Flavor Profile: Dry, crisp and light-bodied with pronounced hoppiness

Pair with: Pizza, spicy Mexican cuisine, fried foods

Brews of Note: Pilsner Urquell, Paulaner Pilsner, Victory Prima Pils


Flavor Profile: Dark brown to opaque, moderate to high hop character, with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Brewed in a variety of styles, including cream stout and Russian imperial stout.

Pair with: Steak, oysters, dark chocolate and fruit desserts

Brews of Note: Guinness, Murphy's, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout


Flavor Profile: Light to medium bodied with strong apple flavor and high carbonation

Pair with: Assertively flavored cheeses, sweet or savory crépes, seafood, especially oysters

Brews of Note: Woodchuck, Strongbow, Samuel Smith

View other popular brewing styles:

  • India Pale Ale

  • Pale Ale

  • White Ale

  • Wheat (Weiss)

  • Lager

  • Pilsner

  • Stout

  • Cider