Wine & cheese…How about beer & cheese
We are told that wine and cheese go together like salt & pepper, Abbot & Costello, eggs & ham, but what about cheese and beer?
With the fantastic growth of craft brewers in Virginia perhaps it is time to think beer & cheese pairings. I spoke to several of the craft brewers in the area and asked them about cheese and beer pairings and here are a few helpful suggestions.
- Amber or brown ale…Robusto, Fontina
- Stout…Cheddar, Cabot
- Pale ale or IPA…English Cheddar, Gorgonzola
- Spicy or fruity beer…Camembert, Stilton
- Pilsner…Dublin Cheddar, Havarti
- Wheat beer…Mascarpone, Chevre
- Porter…Morbier, Munster
When I asked Taylor Smack of Blue Mountain Brewery about beer and cheese pairing he suggested that I should attend one of their Brewmaster 5 course dinners, he believes a chef has more latitude with beer than with wine. He mentioned that just the yeast alone could produce 300 different flavors of beer.
So, the next time you invite friends over for a wine and cheese party may I suggest that we change that to a wine, beer, and cheese party.