Beer and Cheese Pairings May 29

One of the big takeaways from Friday was that summer is definitely upon us here in New York City. Not only did the warm humid day feel routine, but traffic patterns at the store (Westside Market, 84 Third Avenue) changed. There was a “weekend” rush right after the lunch rush with people buying goodies for entertaining and whatnot presumably angling to get out of town and ahead of the late afternoon traffic. I remembered when that kind of weekend was part of my life, but only vaguely; it was fifteen years ago.

The early rush meant that the usual rush hour was a little slower, which emboldened me to get more ambitious. The cheese boss left me a La Petite Reine Camembert and a Langres to sample. Usually I look to match the fungal notes and smooth texture of the cheese with a floral saison or the dry vegetal lager or pilsner. Instead, I opted for a dark pale ale, the Maine Beer Company Weez. I felt that the cocoa finish of and the citrusy hops would make for a combination. The responses suggested that I was right,

On a whim, I matched the Langres, a washed rind cheese from Champagne, with the Cidre du Rhuys, a new dry, funky cider from Normandy. The sweetness of the apples was a good match for the creamy texture of the cheeses and both items have a light funkiness that lurks in the background and together became more appealing.

I worried that I missed a chunk of my constituency by not sampling earlier in the day, but I figure I’ll get those folks late in the day on Sunday when they return home to an empty refrigerator.

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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