We know you love beer, and it is the holiday season- time for seeing friends and family. How do you wow your guests or bring over something simple that is also amazing? Easy- serve cheese and beer. We figured we’d help save you some time by giving you beer pairings to go with the 12 days of cheese sale at Whole Foods. Who doesn’t like 50% off cheese?
Klare Melk Truffle Gouda
Exquisite, rich and flavorful raw milk gouda laced generously with truffles! When we think of truffle and that earthy funk, the first beer that comes to mind is Orval. Fruity, full bodied, complex, but light and highly carbonated- the flavors of Orval intertwine with the creamy, decadent, earthy notes of the cheese.
Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty
Awarded the international title for best cheese at the World Championship Cheese contest (will hold this title through 2020), this French cheese features rich nutty notes. Try with Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale. The nuttiness in the cheese and the roasty, almond-like flavors from the Maduro sing together.
Kaltbach Cave Aged Le Gruyere
Robust and deeply full-flavored with rich tones of tangy fruit and classic nuttiness make this Swiss cheese perfect for fondue, paired with apple pie, potatoes or roasted meats. The nuttiness of the cheese goes well with the malty flavors of a Doppelbock like Troegs Troegenator.
Vermont Creamery Bijou
This hand-shaped button of cheese with dense center and wrinkled Geotrichum rind. The floral, mushroomy rind and tangy, acid forward, lemony cheese pairs great with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The soft mouthfeel from the wheat pairs great with the creamy cheese and the spicy aromas of the beer match the floral complexity of the rind.
This delicate, slightly salty, yet smooth and earthy cheese is imported from France. Try Pilsner Urquell with it, the buttery and earthy notes of the cheese pair up quite nicely with this classic beer.
Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar
This protected designation of origin (PDO) recognized raw milk farm-house Cheddar comes from one of only three traditional producers remaining in the UK, boasting a dense yet creamy texture and complex flavors ranging from brothy, to mustardy, to spicy. Try this with Timothy Taylor Landlord Pale Ale. The malt flavors and cheddar pair up like a grilled cheese in your mouth- with just enough English spicy hop aroma to cut through the cheese.
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
This soft-ripened goat cheese has an edible ash line, and a delicious creamline. Try this cheese with an Allagash Saison. The peppery yeast notes cut through the creaminess of the cheese- and the mineral, dry finish brings out notes of the ash line.
Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve
An Alpine style cheese like Gruyere, made only in the summer months when the cows are grazing. The only cheese to win Best in Show at the American Cheese Society three times, featuring sweetness ranging from grassy to butterscotch and fruit. Try this with Surly Bender. The roasty and creamy malt bill in Bender blends nicely with the nutty notes in the cheese. Grassy notes from the sweet, buttery cream pair up with the Wilamette, Glacier, and Warrior hop notes in the beer.
Saxon Creamery Hika Bay
Named as one of the top 16 cheeses in the world (selected from 3,401 cheeses), carefully aged -the cheese is smooth and creamy with amazing texture. This semi soft Gouda style cheese is mild, so a lighter malty beer like Von Trapp Vienna Lager is a great match. The creamy, toasty flavors together are a mouth pleasing combo!
Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue
This decadent blue cheese is soaked in a blend of biodynamic Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel from the Frey Vineyards giving the cheese rich and buttery flavors with notes of currants and berries. IPA and blue cheese is a classic beer pairing for a reason. You can’t go wrong. With the added fruity notes of the wine in the cheese, try a fruited IPA, like Perrin Michigan Cherry IPA.
Mitica Drunken Goat
Made from the milk of Murciana goats and soaked for 3 days in Monastrell wine, both the cheese and wine are typical to this region of Spain, this mild and creamy goat cheese is well balanced and perfect for entertaining. Light, crisp, and mildly fruity, Virtue Rose Cider is a great match for this crowd pleasing cheese.
Cellars at Jasper Hill Kombucha Willoughby
This Vermont classic reflects the terroir with its succulent, buttery and aromatic components. The cheese is complex from first taste with subtle undertones of buttermilk and fruit. This year’s Willoughby is washed with organic Dr. Kombucha Love produced in Oregon, adding notes of jasmine & lavender. The fruity, buttery, and savory flavors in this cheese pair amazingly with any Brett beer. The barnyard and fruit notes in a Brett Saison, like Boulevard Saison Brett especially will bring out the tangy floral notes in the cheese.
Virginia is the Products, Programming, and Educational Director for Craft Beer Cellar. In addition to being a Certified Cicerone, she is an Introductory Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her home base is Chicago, but she’s often found in the Boston area, or wherever her passion for good food & drink takes her.
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