Craft Beer + Gourmet Popcorn = Yum

Beer & popcorn pairing with Whatever Pops Up
Beer & popcorn pairing with Whatever Pops Up

Beer and food pairings are becoming increasingly popular. I have attended beer dinners, beer & cheese pairings, even beer & chocolate pairings. And last night, thanks to Whatever Pops Up, I got to experience something new: a beer and popcorn event.

Whatever Pops Up, a gourmet popcorn shop in Larimer Square, brought five flavors of popcorn to Lucky Pie LoDo to pair with five different craft beers. All flavors were served with Colorado beers, with one exception (Lagunitas). The lineup was:

  1. Buffalo & Bleu Cheese with Avery IPA
  2. Dill Pickle with Lagunitas IPA
  3. Parmesan Garlic with Dry Dock Hefeweizen
  4. Pizza flavor with Avery Karma
  5. Salty Caramel with Upslope Foreign Style Stout

All of the pairings were so well done. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, though the dill pickle and buffalo/bleu cheese were both quite unique. And of course I liked that they came with IPAs! The salty caramel with Upslope stout was the perfect ending after sampling all the savory flavors. I can honestly say I really enjoyed all of the popcorn I tried. And of course Lucky Pie always has an excellent tap wall, so it was a great event. Thanks to Whatever Pops Up and Lucky Pie LoDo!

Salty Caramel Popcorn and Upslope's Foreign Style Stout
Salty Caramel Popcorn and Upslope’s Foreign Style Stout


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