I'm curious about whether anybody's open to discussing beer in this forum. Just stopped by the kitchen of the last chef I worked for, and he's got a beer tasting dinner coming up sponsored by Leinenkugel. His sous showed me some things he'd found on-line regarding beer pairings that were pretty sketchy. For example, it said that rauchbier (beer brewed with smoked barley) should be paired with smoked foods. I've had rauchbier at work, and it would be over-the-top to pair smoked beer with smoked food, in my opinion. I only know the basics of pairing wine and food; are there any correlations between pairing wines and pairing beer?