Taking a bite out of a salty pretzel can actually enhance the bitterness of your beer. That's one reason pretzels and beer work as a pair. James Puccio/iStockPhoto hide caption toggle caption James Puccio/iStockPhoto The Salt Why Foods Go Together Like 'Rama Lama Lama, Ke Ding A De Dinga Dong' October 11, 2012 Red meat and red wine are the yin and yang of the food world. They're opposites, scientifically speaking. That's why they and other common combos make such a great pair.