Rosters: 92Y Cheese and Beer 06.21.12

Cheese & Beer Pairing

92nd St. Y, 06.21.12

Instructors:  Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491) and Dave Herman  (Grand Tsar of Malt)
Round 1
:  A firm, floral pecorino from Sardinia..

Beer:  Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale (American Pale Ale, Denmark/Brookly) 4.75% ABV


Round 2
L’Amuse:  A superb Aged Gouda from Holland.

Beer: Omnipollo Leon (Belgian Pale Ale, Sweeden) 6.5% ABV


Round 3
Monte Enebro:  A blue rinded, soft goat’s milk cheese from Spain.

Beer: Hopefenstark Olstalgia Blond (CA) 5% ABV

Round 4
St. Pat:  A rich creamy  cow’s milk cheese from Northern California.

Beer Stillwater Cellar Door/Debutante (U.S) 6.6% ABV/6.4 ABV


Round 5
Caprotto:  A firm goat’s milk cheese from Castelcivita.

Beer: Cazeau Tournay Tripel


Round 6

Camembert Tremblaye: As close to the real thing as you can get here.

Beer: Hof Ten Dormaal Blond (Belgium) 8% ABV


Round 7
Isle of Mull Cheddar:  Fruity and rich at the start then rugged, smokey and sharp at the finish, this cloth bound cheddar is from Scotland.

Beer: Evil Twin Before and After Xmas (Denmark)  8% ABV


Round 8
Point Reyes Blue:  A sweet cow’s milk blue from California.  .

Beer:  Keegan’s Mother’s Milk Stout.






These cheeses are available for retail sale at Gastrnomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (83rd-84th).  Other great places to shop include The Bedford Cheese Shop,  Murray’s on Bleecker St., Whole Foods Bowery, Dean and DeLuca in Soho, Whole Foods Tribeca,  Eataly, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Formaggio Essex, Stinky Bklyn, and Artisanal.


About 12% Imports:

Many of tonight’s beers are from 12% Imports, 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, ACBC: Alphabet City Beer Company.



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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