The Week That Was II: Cheese and Beer at 92Y 09.22.11

Cheese & Beer Pairing

92nd St. Y, 09.22.11

Instructors:  Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese) and Maggie Fuller  (12% Imports)
Round 1
:  An alpine cheese from Reading Vermont, this firm nutty delight melts well .    (LW, M, SC, BCS)

Beer:  Dormaal Amber Ale (7.5%) Brouwerij Hoften Dormaal, Belgium

Round 2
Mastoriazo:  A smooth, buttery Tuscan pecorino.  (BCS, E)

Beer: Dormaal White Gold

Round 3
Contralto:  A soft creamy goat’s milk cheese from California. (BCS)

Beer: Sint Canarus Tripel (7.5%), Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus, Belgium
Round 4
Saenkanter:  A classic Aged Gouda from Northern Holland.  (BCS)

Beer Scheldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak 

Round 5
Fricalin:  A malty, nutty alpine cheese from Hostettler.  (BCS, DD, M, various WF)

Beer: Stillwater Cellar Door

Round 6

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar:  The new American cheddar, clothbound and with alpine cheese culture, this has set the standard for contemporary American cheddars.  (sold widely at high end cheese retailers)

Beer:  Valeir Extra, a Belgian IPA, (6.5%), Brouwerij Contreras, Belgium

Round 7
Ardrahan:  A washed rind cheese from County Cork Ireland.  (BCS, WFT, M)

Beer: Gaverhopke Singing Blond

Round 8

Rogue River Blue: The Best in Show at the 2012 American Cheese Society Judging, this cow’s milk blue from Oregon is wrapped in pear brandy-macerated grapeleaves.   (LW, BCS, M)

Beer:  Dugges 1/2 Idjit!* Imperial Porter, (7.5%), Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri, Sweeden





About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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