Apparently Putting A Pickle In Cheap Beer Makes It Taste Better And Our Minds Are BLOWN

Kristin Salaky
Photo credit: Kristin Salaky
Photo credit: Kristin Salaky

From Delish

We at Delish are seriously passionate about pickles. Like, it's literally the name of my cat, that is how deep my love goes. So when we come across a hack that involves pickles, you better believe we're going to try it...even if it involves putting one of my beloved pickles into a glass of beer.

Supposedly, putting a pickle into a glass of light, cheap, beer is supposed to make it taste better. We came across this hack from SimpleMost this week, but it's not exactly new. In fact, when Esquire explored the subject back in 2017, Joe McClure of McClure's Pickles explained why this combo works so well. TLDR; it's basically the same reason you love having pretzels or French fries with a can of beer—the vinegar and salt notes complement the flavors in beer perfectly.

In the both pieces, the authors recommend lighter, more affordable lagers to try with this trick, versus, say, a fancy IPA. I, luckily, almost exclusively drink this type of beer when I do drink beer, and always have a stash of pickles on hand so I thought I would give this a try. Because Grillo's Pickles recently started a "spear in a beer" campaign with PBR (and I had a PBR in my fridge), I decided to go with that one!

The first thing I noticed when I popped the pickle in is how much it foamed up. Seriously, I promise I gave this a better pour than how it appears in the photo, but it would not stop fizzing and foaming. I am sure it has something to do with chemistry, but I was always bad with science.

Nevertheless, I gave it a sip before and after, and it definitely made a difference. The beer had a bit of a zip now, similarly to how it would taste if I added a lime, though this was obviously a bit brinier. It just added something a little extra!

The longer you let it sit, the more it will taste like pickles, so unless you're TRULY more of a pickle eater than a beer drinker—or you're prone to chugging—I would remove it after a minute or two. That said, I wouldn't try this if you already don't like pickles. My boyfriend HATES them (I know, I know), and although I didn't think the taste was overly strong, he despised it even though it had only been sitting a few seconds.

So there you have it! If you have an extra pickle laying around and you're bored, give this one a try the next time you're day drinking!

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