What used to be a wine drinker's delight—wine and cheese pairing—seems to be taking a more casual yet artisan feel in the beer brewing community. This may seem like a new trend, since up until recently the mention of beer and cheese together in a sentence would make one think of soup or a spread for bread. However, as Skip Jones of Charcuterie in Griffith points out, beer and cheese pairing "is something old coming new again.” Thousands of years ago, average households more than likely had beer and cheese on hand, which was commonly consumed after a long day's work. With more artisan crafters recently taking to the foodie scene, this tradition is coming full circle.
The first thing to remember when putting together a beer and cheese pairing is that not everyone likes the same beers or cheeses. What may taste salty to one may be subtle to another. To get a true understanding of whether you like a particular craft beer, Jack and Bill Mix of 95ate5 Brew Pub in St. John suggest giving it three nice sips to allow your palate to get used to and decide if it likes the beverage.
But how do you know which cheese goes with which beer? Our experts give their picks for the following brews.
Story by Shawna Slavich.
Photography by Joseph Gonzalez/Blackbean Photography. The artisanal cheeses and beers were photographed and are available at Charcuterie in Griffith.