The Best Beers for Your Farmers' Market Haul

The delicious simplicity of the summer harvest at your local Farmers' Market makes for a great opportunity to get back to basics with beer. Our Beer Sommelier, Maggie Cubbler, offers her favourite beers to go along with nature's best this season.

I love taking a wander around the Farmers' Market. The colours are so vibrant and all the veg, fruit, meat and even the in-season game are in their peak condition. The piles of beautifully red tomatoes, lush greens and fresh-caught fish inspire me to get back to the basics of food and beer to appreciate them in the form they were meant to be in. If you, too, are excited to eat a peach for the sake of eating a peach--without any fuss--here are some of my favourite beers that will go along perfectly with the best that the deep summer offers.


Artichoke: Birra del Borgo My Antonia

Beetroot: Hoegaarden

Blueberries: Erdinger Kristall

Chicken (Grilled): Anchor Porter

Corn on the Cob: Camden Town Hells Lager

Halibut: To Øl Blossom

Lamb (Grilled): Runaway American Brown Ale

Langoustines: Jever

Monkfish: Salopian Darwin’s Origin

Sardines: Saison Dupont

Peaches: Lindemans Pecheresse

Peas: Schneider Weisse Grünes (Tap 4)

Queen Scallops: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Runner Beans: Früh Kölsch

Radishes: Augustiner Helles

Strawberries: Wiper and True Milkshake

Tomatoes: Siren Liquid Mistress


As always, the best part of beer and food pairing is discovering what works for you, yourself. I hope that this simple list is a suitable cheat-sheet to get you well on your way with your own discoveries!