Copper Kettle Beer and Cheese Pairing

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 πŸ˜€

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.

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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.

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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 πŸ™‚ They weren’t competing for attention at all but both created strong flavoris in your mouth.

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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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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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!) πŸ™‚

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36 responses to “Copper Kettle Beer and Cheese Pairing

  1. I am pleased to learn that one can pair beer with cheese. I always thought there must be something better to have with beer than peanuts and crisps.

    • Well, wine has always been said to pair with different foods but only recently are people starting to pair foods with beer. I think this is due to the expanding craft beer industry. Americans have gotten so creative with how they make beer that some of them even have wine tendencies. In fact, some breweries age their beer in wine. Also, they now age them in whiskey barrels and throw in all kinds of ingredients. It is definitely different pairing cheese with wine than beer but at the same time I think it is now become more popular due to the creativity that has been put into beer. Sorry for the long response! lol, probably weren’t expecting that πŸ™‚ This is obviously my opinion and I am just getting into pairing cheese and beer but this event was helpful. It is all about complimenting each other πŸ˜€

    • Well, wine has always been said to pair with different foods but only recently are people starting to pair foods with beer. I think this is due to the expanding craft beer industry. Americans have gotten so creative with how they make beer that some of them even have wine tendencies. In fact, some breweries age their beer in wine. Also, they now age them in whiskey barrels and throw in all kinds of ingredients. It is definitely different pairing cheese with wine than beer but at the same time I think it is now become more popular due to the creativity that has been put into beer. Sorry for the long response! lol, probably weren’t expecting that πŸ™‚ This is obviously my opinion and I am just getting into pairing cheese and beer but this event was helpful. It is all about complimenting each other πŸ˜€

      • Not a long response at all πŸ™‚ I am so happy you are willing to share such knowledge and new stuffs that I am totally unaware of. It sounds amazing that beer are age in wine and whisky barrels. These are truly great developments. I absolutely needs to google more and try out the pairings you have recommended. You know I love drinking beer as much as wine. And yeah, I do work out to burn the calories too. haha. Thank you Lilly.

    • Please tell me when you do try them! I am not familiar at all but I am trying to learn πŸ™‚ This event was very helpful and I want to go to more of them. Pairing cheese and beer is a new area for me too. Thanks!

    • Good, I am glad! My list of beers to try is never-ending as well…with peoples constant recommendations and fun,new beers always coming out the list keeps going πŸ™‚

  2. Love the idea of pairing lagers and beers with cheese. Usually it’s wine. I prefer differing cheese with ripe green grapes. Anyway, Scotland does produce some very good cheddar cheeses these days.

    • Thank you! It was a lot of fun! Since I am still new at pairing cheese and beer I am trying to go to events to get recommendations. But it was very understandable why each cheese which paired with each beer.

  3. This sounds like a good tasting to have attended. I need to find a good cheese shop. I may not be able to find the beer but I’ll still enjoy some of these cheeses.

    • Well you may not be able to find the exact beer but I try to describe it so you may find something similar that goes with the cheese πŸ™‚

  4. Oh my gosh. My husband and I are going to need to check this out. He’s a beer-lovin’ Coloradan, and I’m a fan of good cheese. I guess we pair nicely as well. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Renee!! It was fun! Please let me know when your pint glass arrives and that it arrives in one whole piece πŸ™‚ Packaging a glass was kind of awkward. Happy Monday!

    • You most definitely should! The reason I heard about Copper Kettle is because of their award winning Mexican Chocolate Stout. It is amazing! It has a spicy kick in the end though so don’t let it catch you by surprise! πŸ™‚ I have also heard it is good as an ice cream…will try soon and let you know!

    • ha ha thanks Liz!! What about near you?! Any local breweries doing food pairings? You can also just create it within your own home πŸ˜‰ This spring/summer I plan on starting beer and food pairings and dinners monthly at my house which I will of course blog about! πŸ˜€

      • put me on the invite list–heehee

        all of my beer-food pairings (like the Black Toad with vanilla ice cream, haha) are just-for fun. We have a cicerone in town who I’ve heard speak and have also been to a few other events around town. We’re slowly collecting brew pubs as a law was recently passed that allows brewers to sell their wares onsite. Way too much on my plate right now to start anything new, but I love beer and I love food, so your blogs are always fun to read πŸ™‚

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