Cheese and Beer Pairings May 13 and 15

May 13

Haystack Mountain Snowdrop with Westbrook White Thai (Belgian Wheat brewed with ginger and lemongrass)
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with Gaverhopke Bitter Sweet Symphony (Belgian Pale Ale)

May 15

Friday’s cheese and beer pairing was Beaufort (big smooth, very nutty French Alpine cheese) and Pretty Things Meadowlark (India Pale Ale with distinctive grapefruit overtones). The beer aisle was swamped during the sampling time (6-8) so I only did one pairing and spent a lot of time chatting with customers and offering advice. Nevertheless, we sold a lot of both.
I get into a rut sometimes of automatically pairing IPAs with Aged Goudas. The butterscotch overtones of that cheese usually offsets the hoppy bitterness of the beer, but one, I wanted to try something a little different, and two I felt the nuttiness of the Beaufort and the creamy mouthfeel would play as sweet and offset the zesty qualities of the IPA. I think it worked out well.

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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 thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. 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 www.theroot.com. 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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