Beer and Cheese May 20

Beer and Cheese Pairing, May 20.
The cheese manager requested that I sample her latest addition, a mixed milk Manchego.  It was made from the milk of sheep, goat and cow.  The flavor was smooth yet complex; there were the usual citrus notes balanced by a little sweetness and a slight salty finish.  I initially thought about something hoppy.  I shied away from my first choice, the Meadowlark IPA because it’s already selling really well.  The Maine Beer Company Weez would work, but since MBC beers sell so well already, I didn’t see a point (aside from enjoying a few sample cups on my own),  I decided to go in a different direction thinking that the caramel notes of the Schneider-Weisse Aventinus would do the trick, but as I reached for it, I saw the perfect choice, the Apostelbrau Bavarian Pale Ale.  Yep, a German Pale Ale, it’s more fruity than hoppy and has just a slight bitterness in the finish.  It was a winner.

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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