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Try Before You Die
Emailed September 17, 2014
Cheese & Beer
Six Cheese & Beer Pairings Not to Miss
I don’t have many regrets in life, but one would be that I didn’t discover beer sooner. I mean the good stuff, of course—the world’s great craft brews, which have so many flavor affinities with artisan cheese. I’m making up for lost time now and, like many converts, I want to share my epiphanies. Looking back through tasting notes, I selected a half-dozen peak experiences that, truly, you don’t want to miss.
If you can’t reproduce these pairings exactly, other choices in the same style should get you close. In recommended tasting order:
Lagunitas Pils with Capriole Julianna
Beer style: Czech-style pilsner
Cheese style: aged goat cheese with herbed rind
Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass APA with Vella Mezzo Secco
Beer style: American pale ale
Cheese: medium-aged dry jack

Pretty Things St. Botolph’s Town with Abbaye de Belloc
Beer style: Yorkshire dark brown ale
Cheese: aged Pyrenees sheep’s milk cheese
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack with Beecher’s Flagship Reserve
Beer style: black rye IPA
Cheese style: Cheddar
Russian River Brewing Damnation with Beaufort
Beer style: Belgian-style strong golden ale
Cheese style: alpine cow’s milk cheese
Ayinger Celebrator with Point Reyes Bay Blue
Beer style: doppelbock
Cheese style: mellow, buttery cow’s milk blue
Ommegang Three Philosophers with Beemster XO
Beer style: Belgian-style quadrupel
Cheese style: aged Gouda
Oops, that’s seven. Can’t help myself.
Your Turn to Taste "Best of Show"
ACS Best of Show for 2014
I got some! The "Best of Show" cheese that every cheesemonger in American wants—well, I’ve secured a couple of pounds for my class at HALL Wines on Tuesday, October 7.  Join me in this sit-down guided tasting of the 2014 "Best of Show" and other Blue-Ribbon Winners from the American Cheese Society. Vermont’s Tarentaise Reserve topped nearly 1,700 other entries in this year’s competition. Here’s your chance to taste this sublime cheese and several others deemed best in class.

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Janet Fletcher

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  at Napa Valley’s newest showplace—HALL Wines in St. Helena—for two evenings of themed cheese exploration. You’ll sample exceptional cheeses from around the world, accompanied by fine wine from the HALL collection. Come once…or sign on for both to really boost your cheese IQ. Each evening begins with a wine reception, followed by a sit-down guided tasting.

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5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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October 7:
American Cheese Society Blue Ribbon Winners

November 4:
Italy Off the Beaten Path
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