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)
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.