Beer and Cheese?

posted on December 11, 2008 in Beer and Food

Of course. Cheese is a natural pairing with many beverages – wine and beer foremost among them. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has created a pretty nifty Flash application called Wisconsin Cheese Cupid. It suggests cheese pairings for wine (red and white), beer and the harder stuff. Of course the cheese is all Wisconsin cheese but I’ve got to believe that the styles hold true no matter where the cheese is from.

I definitely plan on trying a couple of these and will report back on my findings.

Beer and Food Pairings

posted on December 9, 2008 in Beer and Food

I love wine as much as I love beer and it’s never made sense to me why so much focus is put on wine while beer is generally relegated to a drink for the unwashed masses. I’ve heard it argued, quite convincingly, that wine is easy – it’s essentially just fermented grape juice – while beer has to be made. Leave a bottle of grape juice where some yeast spores can get to it and in a few months you’ll have wine (maybe not good wine but wine). Beer, on the other hand, has to be cooked and it uses special malted grains and you combine that with hops and then you need to carbonate it. I’m not saying that it’s easy to make great wine but making great beer can be even tougher.

So given all of this, why isn’t there more respect given to beer? Where are the ratings on beer like they have on wine? Where are the food pairings that you endlessly see for wine? I know that there are restaurants out there that do beer tasting menus with food pairings but there’s just not the effort put into it in the wider sense.

I’m looking for good beer food pairing information and have found a few which I will post in the coming days and weeks but I’m hoping to find even more. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.