Sweet is out, period. Doesn't work with beer.As always, you and I on the same page. This is really what I was getting at... sweet with beer doesn't work for me. The chocolate with porter or stout I understand but I rarely drink those. Last night I had an English Bitter going. I guess I just wonder why this snack mix company went so far out of their way to "hide" that these candied peanuts were in there. On the front of the bag is a 1 or 1.5" "window" so you can see into the bag but it's sort of translucent... you can see what's in there but not really. Had I seen these things through the window I would have put them down. It sounds weird but I found these at Menard's, btw. For the uninitiated, Menard's is a Midwest version of Home Depot that started in Wisconsin, I believe. My local Menards is HUGE and not only has all the home improvement things you could ever want but there is a "food" section too with coffee, breakfast stuff, snacks, water, soda, candy, etc. and the snack area is giant... lots of chips, peanuts, snack mixes, Chex mix, etc. and that's where I found these. Specifically called "CRAFT BEER SNACK MIX" and with the claim on the back WARNING: THIS SNACK MIX IS MEANT TO GO WITH REALLY GREAT BEER or something like that. Not.
Salt is the key for me to enjoy a snack with beer. I think it's the perfect balance to the bitterness.
So pretzels or plain potato chips would be my go-to when I get the munchies. Corn chips in a pinch.
If it was even remotely healthy, the greatest meal ever would be a hot dog, salted soft pretzel and beer.
I should clarify that my post above is MY OPINION ONLY, and that I'm sure sweet and beer appeals to some if not many. I just can't ever get it to work.
I also don't like anything that masks the taste of the beer, so BBQ flavors, sour cream & onion, Doritos, dips, etc, while certainly tasty on their own, aren't what I'm looking for when snacking with beer. I've made my own "snack mix" with broken up hard pretzels and salted, roasted peanuts. Simple and salty.