Beer pairing at Ciel Bleu
Matching beer with food isn’t common in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Being chefs of an innovative restaurant, Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman of Ciel Bleu looked into the possibilities of matching a beer with their dishes and to even serving their own beer. Not without merit, as it turned out: in cooperation with the renowned Brouwerij ‘t IJ, a very tasty Ciel Bleu IPA was created.
Ciel Bleu IPA
IPA (Indian Pale Ale) is a British type of brew in which the alcohol percentage and hop recipe were boosted so the beer would survive the long sea voyage to the colonies. By including dry‐hop with Waimea and Citra hops to the recipe, the beer gets a floral, bitter character, while the addition of kaffir lime provides a tropical touch. The deep golden colour of the Ciel Bleu IPA makes it an irresistible beer.
The cooperation with Brouwerij ‘t IJ was an obvious choice, since it’s one of the best local breweries, exclusively focusing on special beers. A high level of quality is paramount for the brewery, an evident match with Ciel Bleu’s high standards. When you are in Amsterdam, Brouwerij ‘t IJ is really worth a visit because of its location. Situated underneath an old windmill, the setting can’t get any more Dutch!
Try it yourself!
Would you like to taste Ciel Bleu’s beer yourself? Try it with the restaurant’s dish ‘yellowfin tuna, softshell crab, sweetcorn and chorizo oil’. The aroma of the exclusive beverage complements the flavours of this dish. The restaurant team will make sure the 7% beer is served at its optimal drinking temperature of 8-10 degrees Celsius. The beer is only served as a bottled beer and at the moment exclusively served in the Ciel Bleu Restaurant. Due to high demand the availability of the Ciel Bleu IPA is very limited.