Rosters: 92Y 11.17.11

Cheese & Beer Pairing

92nd St. Y, 11.17.11

Instructors:  Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese) and Maggie Fuller  (12% Imports)
Round 1
Perhaps the best aged gouda in the world.    (DD, FE, BCS)

Beer:  Dormaal Amber Ale (7.5%) Brouwerij Hoften DormaalBelgium

Round 2
L’Amuse Aged Goat 
Gouda:  L’Amuse goat’s variation. (BCS, DD)

Beer: Dormaal White Gold

Round 3
:  The leading Canadian clothbound cheddar. (DD)

Beer: Sint Canarus Tripel (7.5%), Huisbrouwerij Sint CanarusBelgium
Round 4
Pearl:  A goopy blend of cow and goat’s milk wrapped in bourbon soaked grap leaves.  (SC, LW)

Beer Scheldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak 

Round 5
Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve: 
 A malty, nutty alpine cheese from Dodgeville, WI.  (LW, BCS, E)

Beer: Stillwater Cellar Door

Round 6

Twig Farm Goat Tomme:  An earthy, firm, gently sweet goat’s milk cheese from West Cornwall VT.   (SC)

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

Round 7
Rush Creek Reserve:  Pleasant Ridge Reserve’s answer to Vacherin Mont D’Or..  (BCS, WFT, M, LW, SC)

Beer: Gaverhopke Singing Blond

Round 8
Point Reyes Blue:  
A smooth and slightly lemony blue from CA.    (DD, FE, BCS)

Beer:  Emilisse Rauchbier






Round 9

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


These cheeses are available for retail sale at The Bedford Cheese Shop, 229 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Murray’s on Bleecker St.,  Whole Foods Fromagerie (Houston and Bowery), Dean and DeLuca in Soho, Whole Foods Tribeca,  Saxelby Cheesemongers and Formaggio Essex in the Essex Market.  Other great retailers include Stinky Bklyn, 261 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Artisanal at 2 Park Avenue.


About 12% Imports:

12% Imports is a Brooklyn, NY-based importer and distributor of small, artisanal breweries from Europe and North America. They commenced operations in late 2007 by self-distributing a few obscure, yet artfully crafted rareties from Belgium out of the back of their car. Since then, Twelve Percent has helped introduce and grow some of the most unique and exciting small breweries on the scene. The Twelve Percent portfolio can now be found throughout much of the United States.   More information available at


In New York, retail outlets carrying 12% beers include:  Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, Breukelen Bier Merchants, Spuyten Duyvil Grocery, Bierkraft, Eastern District.

Bars and restaurants include:  Spuyten Duyvil, Beer Table, Rattle N Hum, Blind Tiger, Cafe d’Alsace, Ginger Man, DBGB, Resto.



The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese by Jeffrey Roberts

Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best by Max McCalman and David Gibbons

Mastering Cheese by McCalman and Gibbons

The Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Beer


For more on upcoming Joy of Cheese events visit or e-mail Martin at

For more wonderful cheese information please visit




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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