I’ve long been a cheese lover, but when looking for something to pair with it, I’ve always reached for wine. That ended a few weeks back when I attended a seminar in which five cheeses were paired with both wine and beer---and participants voted on their favorite matchups.
To my surprise, I favored beer with cheese in three out of five categories. The winning combinations, dreamt up by Jay Montez of Odell Brewing Company
in Fort Collins, were:
Odell 90 Shilling
, a medium-bodied amber ale, with Taleggio D’Ambrose
washed rind cow’s cheese. The maltiness of the beer went well with the deliciously stinky cheese, with neither overpowering the other.
, an earthy, full-bodied brown ale, and Ossau-Iraty
, a hard sheep’s milk cheese. This aged cheese is slightly salty, and its nutty flavor was complemented by the pineapple and pepper in the beer.
Odell India Barleywine,
a hoppy IPA, with Fourme d’Ambert
blue cheese. The big flavor of the beer stood up to the equally strong cheese. And, as Montez explained, “The fruitiness of the barleywine is a great compliment to the ‘funk’ of the blue.”
Throw your own pairing party, and complete the experience by setting out dishes of green picholine olives, some Spanish Marcona almonds, and a few strawberries.