Copper Kettle Brewing holds monthly cheese and beer pairings. The Truffle Shop provides the cheese and Copper Kettle pairs a beer to accompany it. This was my first official cheese and beer pairing and it was awesome! Two of my favorite things are cheese and beer 😀
Tommy Fontenay Goat Milk Cheese and Czech Pilsner
This first pairing was a peppery goat cheese with the Czech Pilsner. The combination of the two amplified a spicy, herbal flavor.
Pecorino di Pienza and Copper Hopper IPA
Pecorino di Pienza is an Italian cheese that comes from the town of Pienza. Pecora means sheep and this cheese is made from sheep milk. It was a very crumbly dry cheese and desperately needed the compliment of the Copper Hopper IPA. The Copper Hopper is a very malty IPA so it isn’t dry like a lot of IPAs. The malt definitely helped the pairing.
Hoch Ybrig paired with the Barrel Aged Old Ale
This next pairing was by far the most amazing. I loved all the cheeses and beers but the Hoch Ybrig and Barrel Aged Old Ale had such intense flavor. The Hoch Ybrig is a cheese made in Switzerland. It had a very unique flavor which had to be paired with something just as unique and strong. The Barrel Aged Old Ale is aged in whiskey barrels and was a good opponent to the cheese 🙂 They weren’t competing for attention at all but both created strong flavoris in your mouth.
Scottish Cheddar and Irish Stout
This last combination was the desset pairing. This is the only cheese I forgot to write down but it was a Scottish cheese that is not referred to as a cheddar, due to not wanting affiliation wtih England (there is a town called Cheddar), but it is a cheddar 🙂 The Iris Stout, limited release, went with this soft and creamy cheese. The Irish Stout was very light and smooth. It had a mixture of nitrogen and carbon dioxide so it was not fully carbonated and bubbly like most beers. It was very enjoyable with the cheese but this stout is not like a typical stout. It was very light in body and did not have any strong coffee flavor. This was a stout that would be easy to drink multiple.
If you’re in the area, definitely check out Copper Kettle to see when the next cheese and beer pairing will be. If you are not near by, try to find a local brewery that may hold cheese and beer pairings (and then tell me about it!) 🙂
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