When you buy a pilsner be sure to buy a brand that is either in cans or in a closed box. Green bottles do little to block harmful light rays that cause a chemical reaction in the hops that produces a "skunky" aroma in the beer. Skunking can happen in a matter of minutes so make the extra effort to ask for a six-pack that hasn't been sitting under the fluorescent lights or in any amount of sunlight. If you don't, you will likely end up with skunked beer.
Appetizer: prosciutto wrapped melon
Salad: Frise'e, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
There are some contrasting components, and this is where this pairing really shines. The caramel-like sweetness helps to take the bitter edge off the frise'e while seamlessly resonating with the citrus vinaigrette and grapefruit. Last but not least, the alcohol and the carbonation help cleanse the vinaigrette and savory avocado off the palate as you swallow. A crisp and refreshing way to cleanse the palate before your next bite.
Main Dish: grilled Steak with caramelized onions and arugula
Dogfish Head's Chickory Stout is a perfect pairing with tiramisu. First, the roasted barley used in this beer adds a wonderful bitter chocolate/coffee flavor that resonates with the coffee liqueur and cocoa powder. The beer's bitterness and dry finish also help balance the decadent cream and sweet ladyfingers. But, what makes this pairing so special is the "soft-smoke" flavor from the chicory. When the two combine, it is almost a perfect match for the New Orleans specialty coffee, cafe au lait. Although, I don't recommend you replace your morning coffee with this beer!-)