Here are some favorite common beers, with some food pairing and serving suggestions:
Some other tips:
Beer is a delicious aperitif. Choose a light beer to serve before a meal.
Serve pale beers with light soups and heavy, malty beers with stews.
Light beers are delicious with green salads and vegetable courses.
Serving a chocolate dessert? A rich, sweet, dark beer is the perfect match. Fruitier beers work well with fruit desserts.
A strong sweet beer is a nice digestif, with or without a separate dessert.