Best Cigar and Craft Beer Pairings

Best Cigar and Craft Beer Pairings

Long have cigars been associated with Bourbon or Scotch whisky. Cigars and craft beers can also pair well. You can experiment with endless flavors. You will soon discover what you like.


Most people will agree that the best way to pair cigars with craft beer is to match the body and type of cigars with beers that have similar characteristics. Match milder cigars to lighter beers, and full-bodied smokes to bolder, heartier beers. This pairing helps to balance out the intensity of each.


A mild cigar wrapped in Natural will complement an American lager. A robust Maduro will pair well with an Indian Pale Ale. You can also try pairing cigars and beers based on common flavors. A stout that has hints of espresso and chocolate could be paired with a cigar that also shares similar flavors. In colder months you might prefer strong, powerful, and boozy beer. You may choose crisper beers that have a hoppy flavor when the weather gets warmer.


Here are some pairings that you can try out using these simple rules:


Cigars and Craft Beers to Pair with


Oliva Serie 5 Melanio has been named Cigar Of The Year 2014 by Cigar Aficionado, with an impressive 96-rating. The well-rounded caramel flavors pair beautifully with the earthy sweetness of the wrapper. This amazing combination produces a smooth smoke. Indian Brown Ale is the result of a cross between Scotch Ale and India Pale Ale. It's complex, but also quite versatile. Indian Brown Ale is brewed by Dogfish Head Brewing Co. with organic brown sugar and aromatic barley. This enhances the caramel notes, earthy sweetness and earthy notes of the Oliva Series V.



Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage Series has a mild-to-medium body with a predominant taste of caramel, chocolate and toasted nuts. You will experience a sensation when you pair the Young's Double Chocolate Stout with its soft mouthfeel. The beer's velvety taste and creamy texture go well together. Their chocolate flavors also enhance each other in a fantastic way. Delish!



Padron Maduro 3000 pairs well with an IPA because of its fuller-bodied, more approachable character. The Maduro has a sweet taste with undertones that include coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and baking spices. This creamy, bold smoke pairs beautifully with a Stone Mocha IPA from Stone Brewing Co. This IPA is a favorite among craft beer lovers. It's smooth, complex and has beautiful notes of coffee and chocolate. This combination of flavors will excite fans of bold flavors.



Porter has the same origin as stout but a lighter taste thanks to malted barley instead of roasted barley. Porter has a well-rounded, rich texture but a milder flavor. The Gran Reserva Hemingway Between the Lines from Arturo Fuente has a toasty, earthy flavor with intense flavors of coffee and chocolate. The coffee and chocolate notes in the brew enhance the earthy sweetness of the cigar. This is a great pairing!



Montecristo Classic #1 is made from the finest Connecticut shade wrappers, aged Dominican binder tobaccos and long filler. The smooth smoke is savory with a hint coffee and cream. Goose Island's Four Star pilsner is a balanced pilsner that has malt and hops characteristics. The herbal and floral hops are complemented by a sweet toasted cracker taste. When paired with the No. It's the classic match to give your senses a quick boost!



Esteban Careras Mr. Brownstone Nicaraguan Habano is a brown Natural Nicaraguan Habano with a binder that's intricately woven from Jalapa in Nicaragua. Filler tobaccos are sourced from Nicaraguan regions Jalapa Condega and Esteli. The flavor and depth of Mr. Brownstone Nicaraguan Habano is Cubanesque. It pairs well with American Lager. Anchor California Lager, made in San Francisco from two-row California Barley, Cluster and Anchor’s own lager yeast is made with Anchor’s own lager Yeast. This all-malt beer has a distinct aroma, a creamy head and a balanced flavor. It also has a smooth, silky finish. Anchor California Lager has a crisp taste and is made to taste like a light American lager. This is a great match for the Nicaraguan tobaccos found in Mr. Brownstone. This is a great pairing!


Our suggestions on pairing premium cigars and craft beers are sure to please. Visit our website regularly to find the latest pairings, recipes, and cocktails related to enjoying a fine cigar. El Cigar Shop is always looking for new ways to improve and elevate the enjoyment of a fine cigar. We hope that you share our passion for smoking.


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