Right now, Boston chefs are taking advantage of pickling, an ancient technique used to preserve freshness and enhance flavor.
The fermentation process involves using a brine or vinegar, which imparts a sour, salty flavor. From pickled apples to pickle juice martinis, several menu items around town highlight pickling’s unique flavor profiles. And when paired with beer, pickled anything rises to a new level. Try the following creative palate pleasers to get a taste of this traditional method with a modern twist:
Church- Fried Calamari with “Rhode Island Style” House Pickled Chiles & Old Bay Tartar. Pair with an American pale ale, such as Great Divide Denver Pale Ale. | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston, MA 02215 | www.churchofboston.com
Deep Ellum- Beet Salad with Pickled Beet Purée, Roasted Beets, Tarragon, Goat Cheese & Spiced Pistachios. Pair with a classic German pilsner, such as Kulmbacher Brauerei. | 477 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02134 | www.deepellum-boston.com
Five Horses Tavern- Brussels Sprouts with Pork Belly, Pickled Apple, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette & Shiitake. Pair with an on-tap ale, such as Beer Works Fenway Pale Ale. | 400 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144 | www.fivehorsestavern.com
Paramount- Filthy Martini with Vodka, Pickle Juice & Pickle Garnish. Pair with Tenderloin Steak Tips or the Homemade Sweet Corn and Black Bean Burger. | 44 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 | www.paramountboston.com
State Park- Choose from various sides: Pickled Andouille, Pickled Eggs, or Fried Pickle Okra. Pair with a light IPA, such as Pretty Things. | 1 Kendall Square, Bldg. 300, Cambridge, MA 02139 | www.state park.is
Step aside wine and cheese, pickles and beer are here!