Brew in Miami: Pair these craft beers with July 4th foods

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Beers of the Week: Here are several beer styles and suggested pairings to go with Fourth of July foods.

Smoked: German-style rauchbiers and other brews made using smoked malts give off campfire aromas and flavors that go really well with burgers cooked over an open flame. Try: Stone Smoked Porter.

Pilsners: Looking for pure, cold, liquid-gold refreshment? Reach for a pilsner; classic European versions are malty and spicy while American versions are off a little more grassy and hoppy. They’re all great with watermelon or garden-fresh salads. Try: Victory Prima Pils.

Pale ales: Not quite as bitter or hoppy as India pale ales, good-old American-style pale ales are great complements to salty, savory foods like hot dogs and brats.Try: Founders Pale Ale.

Cider: A growing subset of the craft-beer category is cider, which is a match made in heaven for apple pie. Try: Doc’s Hard Apple Cider.

Brew in Miami: Next week’s episode of Brew in Miami, available July 10 at, features Tony Albelo, founder of the annual Grovetoberfest and Sprung beer festivals.