Beer and cheese are two of my favourite things – stupidly delicious with a huge arrays of flavours and just so damn good together. Just like my beer journey, exploring cheese and beer pairings never ends and is, first and foremost, a lot of fun.
Beer and cheese are two of my favourite things – stupidly delicious with a huge arrays of flavours and they’re just so damn good together. Just like my beer journey, exploring cheese and beer pairings never ends and is first and foremost a lot of fun.
The Beer …
Sierra Nevada Autumn Tumbler 2013 – sweet malt, brown sugar, chocolate and roasty with low hop bitterness
The Cheese …
Maffra Mature Cheddar – fruity, slightly tangy, nutty and coats the tongue nicely. Aged for 8-12 months and made in Victoria.
The malts from the tumbler mingled happily with the nuttiness in the cheese, even bringing it out a little more as if it was shy to begin with. Being a more malt driven beer with low hop bitterness, the fruitiness in the cheese was able to shine through and go nicely with the beers sweet malt/brown sugar flavour.
There’s also a nice contrast between the cheddars tangy quality against the roasty flavours in the beer.
A Silly Analogy to sum things up …
Like a boxing match between two even opponents, both the beer and cheese bought some tasty punches to the ring – where beer punched with malt, cheese countered with fruitiness – but neither knocked the other out.
Should you try this at home?
For sure! As long as you can find some Sierra Nevada Autumn Tumbler 2013 still kicking around. Maffra cheddar is supplied by Blue Cow Cheese Company and shouldn’t be too hard to stumble across if you hit your local store that has a decent cheese selection.
Recently I have been working hard to prepare for my Beer & Cheese Masterclass with Eagle Bay Brewing which is happening at this weekend’s Fremantle BeerFest. Being the determined researcher that I am this means there have been higher than normal levels of beer drinking and cheese eating in the house.
Recently I have been working hard to prepare for my Beer & Cheese Masterclass with Eagle Bay Brewing which is happening at this weekend’s Fremantle BeerFest. Being the determined researcher that I am this means there have been higher than normal levels of beer drinking and cheese eating in the house. This has resulted in both palate exercise and missed dinners as I don’t think many would cheese alone as a meal.
Beer & Cheese Research – Lagunitas IPa
A tasty American India Pale Ale characteristically dominated by piney flavours coming from the use of Cascade and Centennial hops with a nice malt backbone.
Fruity with soft citrus notes with a nice tangy bite in the middle, the texture is hard and very slightly crumbly and it leaves a nice rich coating on the palate.
A lovely match but doesn’t stand out as being incredible. The tropical piney hops act as a fairly nice complement to the fruitness in the cheese but there could be too much hop character overshadowing the softer flavours in the cheddar. The hops in the IPA do a nice job of cutting through the richness of the cheddar.
Cheese #2 King Island Endeavour Blue
Indulgently soft and creamy with ripples of blue veins that add a little roughness to the overall texture of the cheese. It’s not overpowering but instead a medium intensity blue with a nice long finish.
A very good match with the strong hop character in the beer acting as a good contrast to the saltiness of the blue, adding intensity for intensity so one does not overpower the other. The hops also give the palate a thorough cleanse from the creaminess of the cheese.
You can catch the Beer & Cheese Masterclass, hosted by Eagle Bay’s Margi Wallace and myself on Saturday at 2pm at the Fremantle BeerFest! Hope to see you there!