As we've seen, the acids and ethanol in beer trigger the bitterness receptors in your taste buds. By reducing the bitter taste, they can also help you identify and enjoy the more subtle flavors of individual beers. But if different foods can enhance the flavor of beer, beer can also enhance the taste of certain foods.
A number of different motives for drinking alcohol have been examined, including drinking to enhance sociability, to increase power, to escape problems, to get drunk, for enjoyment, or for ritualistic reasons. Despite this diversity, most research has focused on two broad categories of motivation.