January 3, 2011

Beer + Cheese Pairing > Wine + Cheese

beer_cheese_pairing.jpgIf you ask most people what is the best drink to pair with cheese, it's a safe bet the bulk of them will say "wine." We've had it burned into our brains that wine and cheese taste great together and are easily paired, but while in some cases it may be true, wine isn't the only libation you can pair with your favorite dairy treat.

At the tail end of 2010 the folks at Serious Eats put together a nice little treatise on pairing cheese and beer, and they submit the pairing can be far superior with beer over wine.

Here are three simple reasons that beers go better.

1. In general cheeses and beers speak at the same volume level on the palette.
2. Beer's carbonation makes an excellent foil for the creaminess and fat of most cheese.
3. The refreshing aspects of most beers offer a fine complement to the salt in many cheeses.

That said, you can't just pair any cheese with any beer and expect bliss.

We agree with the sentiments, and we've never seen it put so concisely why beer and cheese are such a delicious combo. Check out their full article for a nice little rundown on pairings that work.

In a fit of state pride, we also grabbed some great pairing information specific to Vermont cheeses from the iFoodTV and Cabot Cheese websites. If you're not a local woodchuck (or even if you are) you can also check out some great recommendations and pairing tips from ArtisinalCheese.com.

So what excellent beer and cheese pairing information did we miss out there on the Web?

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 3, 2011 1:32 PM
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