Mango Magnifico + BBQ = Oh Yeah

Here to tell us about his latest adventures in the beer and food pairing world, our Education Team’s finest, Mike Willcox: 

Our latest Backstage Series beer, Mango Magnifico, is a unique palate extravaganza all by itself. It enters with a smooth, mellow mango sweetness that caresses your mouth into relaxed submission and finishes with a habanero warmth that is more of a sizzle than a burn. Brews this complex can be the most fun to pair with food.

Most pairings are either about resonance, pairing like flavors with like flavors; or contrast, pairing flavors together that differ greatly but combine in a pleasing way. Mango Magnifico, with a flavor profile that relies heavily on both sweetness and heat, gives you the chance to do both. This is a glass of glow that can cover a lot of territory.

The mango sweetness of this beer is prominent enough to cut right through some truly rich dishes. I would personally stay away from steaks or chops, but Mango Magnifico and some really good barbecue? Good lord! Thinking about what Mango Magnifico would do next to a pulled pork sandwich, a nice brisket, or a half chicken makes me want to quit my job and eat until my heart explodes. The wrong kind of sweet can do awful things to barbecue but the well-balanced mango should contrast with the saltiness and smokey flavors beautifully. That heat at the end? I’ve never met barbecue that is scared of heat, and I hope I never do. Don’t overlook the possibilities of using a little of this beer in your homemade barbecue sauces and marinades either.

If you make a trip to our bustling and grooving taproom soon you can try a snifter next to our pulled pork sandwich, the Backwoods Bastard. Our pulled pork is smoked in house by the rowdies in the deli and I can personally attest to the magic of this pairing. Being a true professional who is dedicated to his work I investigated this myself. Twice. Ok, three times.

Have fun with this beer, ya’ll! The pairing possibilities are endless with this complicated bottle of beautiful. If you find a pairing that knocks rocks your socks off please let us know so that we can try it ourselves, and if anyone decides to try braising a pork belly in Mango Magnifico don’t be afraid to bring some by my office. Much love!


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  1. Mark Dorich

    This one got me thinking about an experiment I did with Mango a few years ago when we last released it: Beer Can Chicken – “Mango-style”.
    To do a Beer Can Chicken “Mango-style”, follow the instructions provided in the link below, but simply replace the can of “cheap beer” with the following:
    –Crack a can of All Day IPA and either pour it into a glass or slam it (depends on your mood).
    –Once the can is empty, uncap a bottle of Mango Magnifico, and pour about 6oz into the empty ADIPA can (about half full). Set aside the remaining Mango to enjoy with dinner.
    –Proceed with the directions provided below and enjoy a very moist, slightly sweet, slightly spicy chicken.
    –Indirect heat, low and slow is the key, as it allows the beer to slowly boil-off and absorb into the bird.

    The result is a delicious dinner, and you’re only giving up about 6oz of your bottle of Mango Magnifico. The rest can be enjoyed with dinner!

    -Mark D

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