1.] THEY INTENSIFY FLAVOURS
“Salt actually 
enhances the 
bitterness of hops,” says Dr Marcia Pelchat, a sensory psychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre. So salty pretzels boost that glass of pale ale.

2.] THEY STRIKE A CONTRAST
Opposites attract – think cold, bubbly beer and salty, crunchy nuts. “People like varied tastes and textures,” says Pelchat. So they bounce back 
and forth 
between them.

3.] THEY FIRE YOUR TASTEBUDS
Peri-peri chicken begs for beer. 
“Putting any substance in your mouth will temporarily take away 
the heat of spicy food,” she says. 
So if a beer is handy, you’ll 
reach for it more.

MAKE THE WORLD’S BEST BAR NUTS
These warm, salty, spicy nuts will improve any beer you’re drinking

  • Spread 550g unsalted mixed nuts on a baking sheet and bake until 180°C until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves, 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp ground cayenne (or to taste) and 1 tsp dark brown sugar.
  • Toss the warm toasted nuts with the spiced oil and serve warm.

Makes 5 cups