Rosters: 09.20.12 Beer and Cheese at the 92nd St. Y

Cheese & Beer Pairing

92nd St. Y, 09.20.12

Instructors:  Martin Johnson (The Joy of Cheese, Gastronomie 491) and Dave Herman  (Grand Tsar of Malt)
Round 1
An Aged Gouda from Wisconsin.

Beer:  Leipziger Gose – Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof – Germany (4.5% ABV)

A classic regional specialty from Lower Saxony brewed with coriander & salt.

Round 2
Caprotto:  A firm Italian goat’s milk cheese with citrus-ey overtones.

Beer: Weizen Bam – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Michigan (4.5% ABV)

Rustic-style wheat beer with German roots & Belgian complexity.

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

Beer: Debutante – Stillwater Artisanal Ales / The Brewer’s Art – Maryland (6.4% ABV)

Saison-style beer from a nomadic brewer. There is spelt & rye in the mash plus heather,

honeysuckle, & hyssop for added flavor.
Round 4
Camembert Tremblaye: As close to the real thing as you can get here.

Beer: Station 16 – Hopfenstark – Canada (7.0% ABV)

A brand-new rye-based saison. From this small near Montreal.

Round 5
Canestrato:  A firm sheep’s milk cheese from Castelcivita.

Beer: Leon – Omnipollo – Sweden (6.5% ABV)

Belgian pale ale fermented with Champagne yeast that packs a hint of citrus punch.

Round 6

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: Tournay Tripel – Brasserie de Cazeau – Belgium (7.2% ABV)

The original brewery dates back to 1753. The modern incarnation still produces Belgian classics like this tripel.

Round 7
Landaff:  An American take on Welsh Caerhilly.

Beer: Mönchshof Schwarzbier – Kulmbacher Brauerei – Germany (4.9% ABV)

This “Black Pils” is a Bavarian classic & pays homage to the original brewing monks.


Round 8
L’Amuse:  The greatest Aged Gouda ever.

Beer: Mad Dog Pale Ale – Evil Twin Brewing / BrewDog – Scotland (4.75% ABV)

A world tour in a bottle: American-style pale ale made by Denmark’s nomadic brewmaster at a Scottish craft brewery.


Round 9
Fourme Aux Molleux:  A blue cheese washed in Vouvray.

Beer: Rumble IPA – Great Divide Brewing Co. – Colorado (5.0% ABV)

The intensity of hops is balanced in this IPA by aging in both US & French oak barrels.

Round 10
Roquefort Le Munier: A classic from the caves of France’s newest rock star affineur.

Beer: Pumpkin Ale – Smuttynose Brewing Co. – New Hampshire (5.5% ABV)

An old American tradition lives on in this fall seasonal ale featuring real pumpkin, nutmeg & cloves.


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.

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



Next 92nd St. Y class:  October 4: Cheese and Whiskey.



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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