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Smoked Beer & Cheese Pairings

thaichile Mar 10, 2008 01:07 PM

I'm looking for a little help in pairing smoked beer with cheese. I'd like to know others experience with that match especially with cheeses that are not smoked themselves.
The beers I have thus far for this event are:

Harpoon Smoked Porter
Stone Smoked Porter
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Left Hand Smoke Jumper

All of your assistance is completely appreciated.

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  1. Josh RE: thaichile Mar 10, 2008 02:32 PM

    Stone Smoked Porter is not a smoked beer, like the Alaskan is. Smoked beer is normally made by smoking the malt used to make the beer. In the case of Stone's beer, there's a small amount of peat-smoked Scotch whisky malt as part of the grain bill. Consequently, the smoke flavor is very subtle, and barely discernible.

    For the smokier beers, one cheese I'd suggest looking for is a French cheese called Morbier. It has a layer of ash in it, and it would probably be very nice with a smoked beer.

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      niquejim RE: thaichile Mar 10, 2008 06:04 PM

      If you can find Schrenkerla Rauchbier Marzen buy a few. My first experience with it hooked me. VERY, very smokey. You would not want a smoked cheese with it.

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        DaKing RE: niquejim Mar 12, 2008 01:07 PM

        I recently had a taste of a Rauchbier and thought Limburger on Rye would be a good match. For the less adventurous, maybe a Swiss or Gouda.

        EAT MORE LIMBURGER! There's only 1 plant in the US making it.

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          wildfire RE: DaKing Mar 13, 2008 09:01 AM

          Only one plant in the US making Limburger?!? That's tragic

        2. re: niquejim
          Chinon00 RE: niquejim Mar 12, 2008 05:27 PM

          You don't want to pair it with a smoked cheese because it would get lost or it would be just be too much smoke all the way around?

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            niquejim RE: Chinon00 Mar 14, 2008 01:35 PM

            I Agree, that is why I wrote "You would not want a smoked cheese with it."

            You need a cheese that will offset the smoke and stand up to it.

          2. re: niquejim
            The Dive RE: niquejim Mar 13, 2008 05:32 PM

            Yes! It is like drinking bacon. But fabulous. Definitely stay away from the smoked cheeses.

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            vino5150 RE: thaichile Mar 13, 2008 09:04 AM

            I would go with an aged cheddar...not the Cracker Barrel or Cabot variety...but something real good...Grafton or an aged Gouda from Taylor Farms...great smooth flavor, but not too sharp. Also, try Hirtenkasen, German cheese similar to a Piave Vecchio/Parm Reggiano. Someone mentioned Morbier...I've never had it with a smoked beer so I'm just wondering if the wash rind will alter the flavor of the beer? Let me know how you make out.

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              mothman RE: thaichile Mar 23, 2008 12:00 PM

              You should really add Okocim Palone to your beer line up.
              Neat site too.

              1. thaichile RE: thaichile Mar 24, 2008 12:04 PM

                This is the information I have gathered thus far including that which was posted here. In terms of cheese, it seems as if I should stay away from smoked cheeses and seek complimentary ones.

                Rosemary Jack

                Finger foods that have ben suggested:

                Ham, sausage, liver pate, trout, salmon.

                Would love to hear some more.

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                1. re: thaichile
                  MaineRed RE: thaichile Mar 25, 2008 10:26 AM

                  Check this article out: http://beeradvocate.com/articles/282
                  Beer Advocate is really your best place to start, their new(ish) magazine is pretty good most issues

                  I had some great Drunken Goat cheese w/red wine, but you should go to your nearest great cheese store or Whole Foods and ask, people who love cheese are like people who love beer :D they'll give you more info than you'll ever need.

                  Also, depending on your gathering, you could be cheeky and serve Stone Coast 420 IPA or Hemp Ale from Humboldt Brewing.

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                  Zinful RE: thaichile Apr 24, 2008 12:04 PM

                  Dude, You have to go with something that has a cumin component to it. The subtle hint of smokiness that is in cumin would work awesome. Also try something that has a bit of cilantro essence to the flavor profile. That works great also. Maybe a cumin/cilantro dip? Sounds good. Can I come to the tasting?

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                    WineAffairs RE: thaichile Apr 24, 2008 08:57 PM

                    I like the Bermuda Triangle by Cypress Grove or the Huntsman with smoked porter.

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