By Aaron Aykanian -
No, the headline is not a typo. I know that wine is the “traditional” partner for fine cheeses and sometimes that’s true. Few things are better with the tangy Ford Farm
Stilton than a fine vintage Porto, or a glass of toasty and bright Champagne with the buttery Delice De Bourgogne.
But there are many places in the world, including my home, where cheese is paired with craft ales and lagers. It sort of echoes the very symbiotic relationship between beer and cheese. Both are traditional farmhouse products and in many instances the same grains used to make the beers were fed to the animals to make the cheese!
I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favorite beer pairings with some of the Vin Bin’s most beloved fromage.
1. Cheese: Delice De Bourgogne. A buttery, creamy, salty and rich triple cream brie. A near impossible match for red wine due to its high fat content.
Beer: The Mystic Brewery Saison. The quintessential farmhouse beer. Bright and dry with a crisp and dry finish. The effervescence and spicy bite play very well with the tangy and earthy tones of the cheese.
2. Cheese: Robinson Family Swiss. A classic raw milk cheese from Hardwick, MA. Nutty, with fruity and sweet aroma and flavor.
Beer: Smuttynose IPA. Tons of citrus from a heavy dose of Simcoe hops, balanced with the smooth bite of the Amarillo hops. I love the way the piney and floral brew complements the sweetness of the cheese.
3. Cheese: 5yr aged Vintage Gouda. Perhaps the most intimidating cheese in the case. Its dark amber color and crumbly texture draws oohs and ahhs daily. It has a sweet, caramel and butterscotch flavor.
Beer: Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter. Fresh roasted coffee beans and roasted malt give this rich and robust brew the right body and toasty flavor to give the Gouda a worthy partner.
These are just a few of the many options.
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