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Your favorite beer & cheese combination ?

mapsnrop Nov 12, 2009 05:54 PM


I'm having a beer & cheese party this month, and I was wondering if anyone out there had any favorite combinations of beer & cheese?

Ideally beers & cheeses that are somewhat easy to find in Western Canada !

  1. fmed Nov 12, 2009 07:37 PM

    Here are some notes from Rick Green (CAMRA) on a Beer and Cheese pairing they did at Salt (Vancouver) a few months back (I didn't attend):


    Most of the specific recommendations are for Unibroue beers and Quebec Cheeses, but he gives good pointers on how to pair beer styles with types of cheese.

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    1. re: fmed
      grayelf Nov 12, 2009 07:57 PM

      Coincidentally, there was a link to this article on the same page as your post: http://www.chow.com/stories/11086?tag...

      1. re: grayelf
        Bob Mac Nov 13, 2009 07:18 AM

        Good suggestions fmed and grayelf.

        Must confess that admittedly being a bit of a "cork dork" I initially drew a blank when beer was substitued for wine in conjunction with cheese but the first article made some intersting suggestions. I do not drink as much beer ....have to save at least some liver function... as I do wine but the Unibroue products are ones which I do enjoy and they should be available.

        1. re: Bob Mac
          fmed Nov 13, 2009 08:57 AM

          Thanks Bob Mac.

          A beer and cheese event can end on a sweet note too.

          Imperial Stouts with a chocolate pudding cake (coffee cheescake and sticky toffee pudding can work very well too depending on the sweetness of the beer), Fruit Lambics (eg Framboise, Krieks) with cherry or raspberry creme brule, the Unibruoe Ephemere Pommes or Poire with membrillo...etc. I haven't really found a dessert that works well with Bitter....maybe a burnt caramel cheesecake?

          I have had a Stout Float with vanilla icecream that was surprisingly good!

          1. re: fmed
            fmed Nov 13, 2009 08:59 AM

            I just noticed that this thread moved over to the General Chowhounding Topics board. Shouldn't this be in the Beer Board perhaps?

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      TomSwift Nov 13, 2009 09:06 AM

      One of my favorite combinations is Bass Ale and the sharpest Cheddar (7-10 years) I can find.

      1. im_nomad Nov 14, 2009 10:28 AM

        If you can find one, I found a Jalapeno Ale at a nearby microbrewery that went fabulously with most any cheese ! Same goes for the Chipotle beer i've tried (but can't recall the name of sorry)

        1. Caroline1 Nov 14, 2009 11:41 AM

          It probably won't help you much for y our party,, but my favorite beer and cheese combination is bock or steam (dark) beer with cheese pizza. It's the ONLY time I drink beer!

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            LauraGrace Nov 14, 2009 01:06 PM

            I think that bottle-conditioned beer and wild-yeast beer are both naturals with cheese.

            Saisons, flemish ales, sour ales, and the like have a sort of "funky" character that works beautifully with goat cheeses (esp. mature ones) and washed-rind, stinky cheeses.

            Aged hard cheeses -- I'm thinking a really old gouda or similar -- are nice, imo, with something like a Baltic porter or some other roasty, complex, high-alcohol dark brew.

            Rich, buttery, fatty cheeses that are milder in flavor... I'd go with an ESB or an English-style IPA, with a good hop character but not overwhelming. Unless you're serving it with fruit or jam or something. Then I'd do a brown or red ale with a fair amount of malt to balance the hoppiness.

            WRT Unibroue beers in particular: I'd advise not doing more than one. They use, I believe, the same yeast strain in all their beers, which is lovely if you're having one kind but gets a bit dull if you're having more than one.

            1. kattyeyes Nov 15, 2009 08:19 AM

              How about serving beer cheese soup? There are recipes aplenty out there...or you could try this reuben soup, which is a riff on beer cheese soup. I'll be making it again in the very near future. It is REEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLYYYY quite tasty.

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                Lenox637 Nov 16, 2009 04:39 AM

                Belhaven Brewery's St. Andrew's Ale and Lincolnshire Poacher from Neal's Yard Dairy.

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