Wit beer highlights the sweet flavor of fresh clams to create the perfect pairing.
It was years since we had seen Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, so we were curious to test our memories of this elusive white beer when we spotted it at a recent beer festival. An ancient style that was almost extinct fifty years ago, white beer or witbier, also called blanche, or bier blanc, has enjoyed a revival among both craft and large breweries. Kronenbourg’s version has all the classic flavors we remembered, and we knew it would be a perfect match for the little neck clams we’d bought that morning. The same characteristics that make Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc a complementary drinking companion to light seafood dishes like our Clams in Witbier, make it the perfect ingredient as well. Clean and fruity with notes of citrus and spice, this beer adds depth of flavor and a soft acidity to the silky broth that we rounded out with a bit of shallot and freshly cracked pepper. Here’s the recipe:
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Suggested Beer Pairing: We paired this simple, rustic dish with Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, but white beers like Avery White Rascal and Unibroue Blanche de Chambly will work great, too.
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