The only thing more comforting than a heaping, steamy bowl of ramen is an ice cold beer to go with it. But, because ramen is all about balancing flavors, from the broth down to the topping choices, you can’t just sip on any old brew hanging around the back of the fridge. That’s why we enlisted cicerone Elliot Marcus to pair Sapporo, the oldest beer brand in Japan, with the four essential ramen styles: shio, shōyu, miso, and tonkotsu.
To make sure your ramen expertise is on point, we also talked to three ramen chefs: Tomonori Takahashi, the CEO and founder of JINYA Ramen Bar, Tracy Chang, the Boston-based chef and owner of PAGU (opening this month), and Chef Julian Valencia of Jersey’s Ani Ramen. Here’s what they told us: