Pairings That Go Beyond the Grape: Beer and Cheese Please
As small, local artisan creameries across the country continue to gain popularity, many cheese lovers are looking to these small shops for the hottest new trends in culinary delights (not to mention the least expected). That’s what makes cheese and beer pairings such a novel and fun concept.
“A flight of cheese served with a flight of lagers or ales can be infinitely more interesting than the typical cheese and wine flight,” said Nathaniel Davis, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “The subtle nuances of a beer and its refreshing or sultry finish can play off a range of cheeses, resulting in a delicious, unique taste.”
A few simple rules when pairing beer and cheese compiled by cheese artisans throughout the country include:
Contrast: It’s all about the texture
• Light beers contrast the richness of soft, bloomy-rind cheeses such as a triple-cream Brie by cutting through and lifting the cream off the tongue.
• The lift comes from beer’s natural carbonation and delicate, balanced hopping.
• Best paired with a light...