The beer was from the Midwest, so it had a distinct popcorn aftertaste. Consequently, it went well with the delicious popcorn he was eating. The beer was bubbly when it hit his tongue. The flavor wasn’t complex; it pretty much tasted like beer. The popcorn taste was subtle; one had to have a little experience with Midwest beers before it was noticeable, but then it became unmistakable.
That popcorn taste chased the beer, only manifesting after he had swallowed the brew. It made him smile, to know that he could taste a beer and know that it came from home.