5 to Try Cheese and Beer Pairings
[Reposted from Fall 2015]
Seems like a good time to bring this one back.
With help from the bonafide cheesemongers at Wheel House Cheese Shop, we've rounded up a varied assortment of exquisite cheeses matched with their perfect craft beer companion. So, whether you're starting to think ahead about assembling that epic cheese tray to impress your holiday guests, or you're just in the mood to treat yourself, start here.
Chabis Sauvage + Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Chabis Sauvage is a fresh French goat cheese covered in herbs and pink peppercorns. The light, herbaceous, tangy flavors of the cheese are rounded out by the yeast and biscuit flavors of the hefeweissbier.
Blu di Bufala + The Patsy
This pairing surprised us even though blue cheeses are usually paired with Stouts. This Italian blue cheese is made from buffalo milk and is aged in a cave. The Patsy is a coconut rye stout brewed locally by Barley Forge in Orange County. The coconut in the stout fits in nicely with the mineral earthiness of the cheese, and the beer's slight bitterness accentuates the creaminess of the buffalo milk.
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar + Populist
This isn't your grocery store Cabot cheddar! The robust, tangy, and nutty flavors in this cheddar make it one of the only cheeses that can successfully stand up to the bitter hop, pine, and malt flavors of an IPA. This beer is from Eagle Rock Brewery in LA and Cabot is based in Vermont, so this is an American take on the distinctly British combination.
Oma + Maredsous
Oma, a washed rind cow's milk from Vermont, is a staff favorite. The toasted nut and butter flavors of the cheese and the brown sugar and dried fruit characteristics of the beer evoke the scent and flavor of caramel.
Tallegio + Duchesse de Bourgogne
Most of our customers know if they're a stinky cheese lover or not. However, if one is unsure, this Italian washed-rind cheese is a great introduction to more pungent cheeses. The stinky, rich, and creamy taleggio benefits from the funky, sour/sweet flavor of the beer, and accentuates the beer's malt
Wheel House Cheese Shop // 12954 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90066