'Hopera' Pairs Beers with Famous Arias

By: Joey Haar - Sep 19, 2016
References: torontobeerweek & torontoist
While pairing beer with food is nothing new -- in fact, many would argue that food-beer pairings are essential to experience both properly -- 'Hopera' is an event that takes beer pairing in a unique direction. Rather than merging tastes, Hopera steps into an entirely different sensory sphere, pairing beer with famous arias from some of history's most beautiful operas.

The brainchild of beer educator and trained opera singer Mirella Amato, Hopera is taking place as part of Toronto Beer Week 2016. Though operas are meant to elicit emotions as complex as the human condition itself, Amato believes that, at the very least, the right beer can amplify those emotions.

Some of the pairings from previous years' Hopera events include Amsterdam Crucible paired with Puccini's 'Donde lieta usci' from La Boheme and Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA with 'La donna e mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto.