While many food magazines recommend particular wines with their recipes, the delicious potential for food and beer to compliment each other is often overlooked. Cheese is the most basic go-to snack which pairs perfectly with a nice beer. Below are five of the most delicious pairs.
1. Chimay Rouge and Brie Cheese – The light, sweet taste of Chimay Rouge balances the strong taste of this creamy cheese. Enjoy your brie as it’s meant to be eaten, with a loaf of fresh French bread. As you will undoubtedly finish your Belgian beer before you know it, do your best to put away that brie afterwards – it’s easy to make a meal of this snack without even realizing it!
2. Lagunitas Pilsner and Double Gloucester Cheddar Cheese – This full-flavored beer is actually light enough to offset the heavy, flavorful cheese just perfectly. The body of the Czech-style Californian beer, brewed north of San Francisco in Petaluma, is just heavy enough to deliciously mingle with the sharp bite of the cheddar, without overwhelming your palette – or stomach. A nice complicating touch to this snack would be the addition of a thin slice of apple atop your slice of cheddar, just barely sweetening it.
3. Spaten Lager and Manchego Cheese – The originally specialty of its German brewery, the Spaten lager is an international classic. Full-bodied but light and crisp, the Spaten Lager is a perfect companion for this hard, sharp Spanish cheese – Manchego. Enjoy paper thin slices of Manchego on a crisp cracker with a drizzle of wildflower honey.
4. Lindeman’s Faro Lambic and Bijou goat cheese – The first sip of this Belgian beer is sweet, but the flavor soon becomes tart. The sweetness of the beer is complicated and enhanced by the tangy flavor of this creamy, soft cheese. Serve the Bijou goat cheese spread across a crusty piece of French bread, or atop a delicate, thin cracker. Top your treat with a thin slice of grilled pear drizzled with honey for dessert!
5. Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale and Roquefort cheese – Take a swig of this malty copper-colored ale before biting into a piece of crusty French bread topped with crumble Roquefort cheese. The combination of the roasted taste of the red ale with the intense flavor of the blue cheese is complex and delicious. Again, this is another cheese that doubles as a dessert with a few drizzles of wildflower honey!
These are simply a few of the best pairings. Experiment by opening up a bottle of your favorite beer as you munch on a slice of your favorite cheese. Odds are the results will be worthwhile!