There are few pairings in the world that feel as refreshing as having a cigar with a beer at the end of a long, hard day. However, there is such a large variety of both cigars and beer available that it can sometimes feel intimidating to know just where to start to find the right cigar and beer pairings
This is why I feel it’s important to highlight my favorite pairings so you never have to be confused in your decision-making process. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover some new pairings you might not have ever thought were possible!
So, without further ado, here’s my Top 5 list:
My Top 5 Cigar and Beer Pairings
1. Perdomo Champagne Cigar & Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer)
It’s tough to beat the refreshing taste of a good hefeweizen beer. Those who are familiar with the flavor profile of this German classic will know exactly what I mean—the delectable drink is almost screaming for a cigar pairing! For this one, I think it’s impossible to go wrong with a Perdomo Champagne cigar because of the medium-bodied flavor that makes the cigar itself taste incredibly smooth. This ease of flavor then combines perfectly with the beer for when you really want to take it to the next level! Precede your cigar with a nice, German meal to get the most out of this combination.
2. Ashton VSG & Amber
For those of you who are interested in cigars that retain their toasted, malt-like flavor, you’ll greatly appreciate the Ashton VSG. This cigar is able to achieve its unique flavor through the spices that are hidden beneath its wrapping, topped off with some fresh cedar to give a truly unique flavor profile. The Ecuador Sumatra wrapper holding the tobacco makes this cigar even more wonderful, giving you a refreshing flavor that is not easy to find elsewhere. We think a cigar of this quality can only be paired effectively with an Amber beer, a type of pale ale that is similarly malty to the cigar.
3. Oliva Serie V & Lager
One of the most impressive things about this pairing is how the sweet taste of the Lager pairs so well with the full-bodied nature of the Oliva Serie V. This is a great pairing for those who are interested in earthy flavors that are also incredibly crisp. There are also many different types of lagers that you can choose from when looking for something fitting, giving you a large range whether it be something typical like Bud Light or a more premium beer like a Great Lakes Brewing Co. blend.
4. Arturo Fuente Anejo & IPA
India Pale Ales (IPAs) have become the go-to beer for those looking for something hip, new, and unique to try. The range of IPAs that you can choose from is pretty vast, so it’s important that you note the differences—for example, some English-style IPAs are less hoppy than American ones, though most IPAs are more hoppy than your average beer. There are also some IPAs that are constructed with some pretty fruity flavors, meaning that you can get some distinct flavor profiles if you know just where to look. Arturo Fuente Anejo is wrapped in a special dark maduro wrapper aged in Cognac barrels for five years, making this the perfect full-flavored cigar to compliment the hoppy flavor of IPAs.
5. Fuente Fuente Opus X & Barleywine
Those who are familiar with barleywine beer know that it is a pretty stark brew, usually involving strong hints of fruit and hops to power its unique flavor profile. This is why we believe it’s best to pair it with a cigar of equal strength necessitating the need of something such as the Fuente Fuente Opus X cigar that features a handful of fruits and spices in its makeup. If you’re looking for a cigar/beer combo to truly overpower your senses after a delicious meal, we recommend this.