We’ve teamed up with the Cheesemongers at our local Venissimo Cheese shop to pair some of our favorite beers with some of the best cheeses from around the world. Whether you’re entertaining guests or just feeling particularly inspired, these pairings are sure to impress and satisfy. Cheers!
Orange Ave. Wit + Midnight Moon
Beer Notes: Refreshing, light-bodied with citrus and earthy spice; brewed with orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey.
Cheese Notes: Goat milk gouda, aged six months, nutty, brown butter notes up front with a long caramel finish.
Pairing Notes: The honey and citrus notes of the beer bring out the natural sweetness of the cheese, for a balanced and harmonious pairing.
Easy Up Pale Ale + Piave Vecchio
Beer Notes: Bready maltiness with hints of caramel sweetness, balanced by notes of citrus from Cascade and Mandarina hops.
Cheese Notes: Deliciously nutty, cow’s milk cheese from northern Italy. Aged for twelve months with a full, tropical fruit flavor and slight almond bitterness.
Pairing Notes: The caramel maltiness and tropical hop aromas in the beer bring out the natural sweetness and fruitiness of the cheese.
Islander IPA + Humboldt Fog
Beer Notes: Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops give the beer a piney bitterness and subtle notes of apricot, grapefruit and mango.
Cheese Notes: A creamy goat cheese with a thin line of vegetable ash in the middle, to represent the thick layer of fog that rolls in to Humboldt County nearly daily.
Pairing Notes: The piney and citrusy bitterness of Islander IPA cut through the creaminess of the cheese, and contrast the tanginess and subtle saltiness of the cheese.
Stingray IPA + Ivy’s Vintage Reserve
Beer Notes: Notes of tropical fruits and citrus with accents of nectarine and peach from the Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops.
Cheese Notes: Creamy, 15-month aged sharp cheddar made from English cow’s milk.
Pairing Notes: The stone fruit notes of the Stingray IPA contrast the sharpness of this creamy, tangy cheddar, for a deliciously balanced pairing.