Rosters: The 12% Solution at Gastronomie 491 October 29, 2013

The 12% Solution

Instructors: Maggie Fuller (12% Imports) and Martin Johnson (Gastronomie 491)

Cheese: Berkswell, an English sheep’s milk cheese from the appropriately named Ram Hall, this cheese blends the Italian Pecorino tradition with the Basque approach.

Beer: Evil Twin Hipster Ale, 5.5 ABV, American Pale Ale by a Danish gyspy brewer.


Cheese: Caprino Stagionata, a firm, tangy Italian goat’s milk cheese.

Beer: Westbrook Gose, 4% ABV, classic German style brewed with coriander and salt.


Cheese: Camembert Jouvence Fermier, not the real thing but close, very, very close.

Beer: Stillwater Sensory Series Vol. 2, Small Black, 5% ABV, a dark saison.


Cheese: Challerhocker: a sweet nutty variation on Appenzeller, a Swiss classic.

Beer: Local Option Morning Wood, 7% ABV, an Amber Ale brewed with coffee and aged in American oak barrels.


Cheese: Fiore Sardo, a buttery, smokey sheep’s milk cheese from Sardinia.

Beer: Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Project #9: Grappa, 12% ABV, a Belgian blonde ale aged in grappa casks.


Cheese: Fourme Aux Molleux, a creamy French blue soaked in Vouvray.

Beer: Emelisse Smoked Coffee Porter, 7.5% ABV, a smoky dark beer.

Bonus:  Evil Twin Molotov with Coolea.





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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