Here at The Bruery we’re very inspired by the foods around us at every meal. As you can tell from many of the flavors that we put into our beers, we are always interested in capturing things that we like in the world of gastronomy and figuring out a way to incorporate them into our ales. On the same note, we are always very excited to find perfect food pairings for our beers and some have noted that our bottles mention you can find pairings and recipes on our website. Well, that clearly isn’t true, but it’s something we’ve been working on recently with some local chefs and connoisseurs.
We’re very happy to announce and post below a listing of cheeses that pair beautifully with our beers. Kendra, our resident cheese expert who manages the culinary side of our Provisions store was kind enough to taste our beers over and over and try cheese after cheese along side to come up with the perfect pairings. It was a rough job, but someone had to do it. Read below do learn about what she discovered.
Pairing Cheese With Bruery Beer!
As opposed to the common thought of cheese and wine pairing best, our goal is to express why, on the contrary, cheese and beer compliment each other much better and to give you suggestions on which cheeses pair best with our Bruery beers.
The Belgian people have been enjoying their cheese with beer, not wine, since the Middle Ages and before, and unlike wine, beer is neither intimidating nor expensive. In other words, you can pretty much afford to buy one bottle of everything and experiment to find out which matches work best for you.
In general, lighter beers like our Orchard White and Hottenroth Berliner Weisse complement mild cheeses; but the reverse is not necessarily true: intense Black Tuesday paired with a super rich cheese is just too much of a good thing. It’s better to seek moderation, e.g. a more mellow beer with a big, complex cheese. Although that doesn’t mean you have to chose a cheese without flavor. Overall there are no hard-and-fast rules: the only rule is what you like. But here are some guidelines for you beer and cheese lovers:
Young, fresh cheeses (Chevre, Mozzarella) go best with lighter beers
Sharp cheeses (Cheddar, Colby) go best with highly hopped, bitter beers
Aged, nutty cheeses (Asiago, Gruyere) demand malty beers
Blue cheeses (Roquefort, Stilton), which go well with sweet wines, also require sweet beers
But it can’t be summed up in four bullet points, which is why we’ve provided an extensive chart of more specific pairings for our beers that are often found on the shelves.
Orchard White – Zesty Wit! Fresh cheeses like Burrata, Chevre, Creszenza, Mozzarella, Teleme. Something that has little to no salt and has a moist milky flavor. Our Orchard White also has a lot of Lavender character so drizzling some plain or lavender honey makes for a nice extra sweet kick.
Saison Rue – This isn’t your typical saison. Saison Rue had a more malty, spicy kick, with a little more heat. You can either pull the earthy qualities from the beer with an aged gruyere or soft taleggio, or you can pull the more sweet character with a parmigiano or gouda. There are a lot of styles that will pair well with this beer so don’t be afraid to experiment!