Malt Monday is taking on a different feel today with this special beer and cheese pairing guide. Typically, people associate wine tastings with fine cheeses. However, with the wide variety of craft beers available today pairing them with cheese is a natural fit. The world of cheese is just as diverse as the craft beer world. As you think about your beer and cheese pairings you will need to keep things like appearance, texture, aroma, flavor and aftertaste in mind.
With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, why not surprise the favorite guy or gal in your life with the perfect beer and cheese pairing? The key to a successful beer and cheese pairing includes the following tips:
- Keep delicate cheeses with more delicate beers
- Deeper, darker beers pair best with strong, aged cheeses
- Hoppy beers complement sharp cheeses
- Wheat beers are best served with nutty or tangy cheeses
For a romantic evening in, simply stop at your favorite craft beer store or high-end liquor store and create your own six-pack. You will want to choose a variety of beers for the pairing. Of the six you will want to make sure you have a balance of light verses dark beers; I suggest you choose a pilsner, a pale ale, a saison, a brown ale, a bock and a stout. After you have selected your beers you then need to head to the store and select your cheeses. You will want to make sure you have noted the beer styles you selected so you know what types of cheese to purchase. My suggestion would be to purchase your cheese from a specialty cheese store or high-end market so you can discuss cheese options with the cheese mongers on-site.
To help guide you through your beer and cheese pairing selections, consider this handy beer and cheese pairing guidelines courtesy of Red Envelope.
As you prepare your tasting, you will want to cut about an ounce of cheese and serve it with about 2-3 ounces of beer. For each sampling, label both the beer and the cheese and take notes so you know what you like and what you don’t like. During your beer and cheese pairing you will determine your preferences and challenge your palette to accept new tastes and flavors. It is a great way to try new beers and new cheeses and expose yourself to new things.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a wonderful evening at home with your significant sipping on some beer and tasting some fine cheeses. Sounds like the perfect night to me. Have you ever considered pairing beer and cheese?
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This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo for Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps.