Fromage of the Day, 10.20.11: Alpkase, Beeler

Fromage of the Day, 10.20.11: Alpkase, Beeler.  Nutty, grassy and nicely balanced, this cow’s milk cheese is from master Swiss affineur Rolf Beeler.  It’s fits nicely into the lineage of his Gruyere, Hoch Ybrig and Napkase.  It pairs well with your favorite Pinot Noir, a Stone Smoked Porter, or the dry cider of your choosing.  If it was a soul jazz classic, it would be Compared to What by Les McCann and Eddie Harris, smooth but biting.  These are The Joy of Cheese October Events; a featured event is a cheese and Belgian beer pairing session at Brooklyn Beer Merchants, October 26.  We also do private cheese events as well; they start at $300 for a group of 12.  Contact me at for more information.


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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