Open a Beer and Bring on the Cheese

Wine and cheese, the perfect pair? Well, yes, but there’s also beer.
Related To:
hands with mugs of beer

hands with mugs of beer

Wine and cheese, the perfect pair? Well, yes, but there’s also beer.

The porters, stouts and ales we favor in winter — rich and sweet, with subtle notes of chocolate and caramel, fruit and spice — make solid companions for a panoply of cheeses, from earthy Stiltons to pungent Epoisses to Basque sheep-milk cheeses,  Eater notes. However, the site contends that we shouldn't overlook summer’s saisons, Pilsners and pale ales for cheese pairings, as long as we make sure these subtler brews are not overwhelmed by a too-strong fromage.

Eater consulted Mike Fisher, of New York City beer-and-cheese purveyor  Milk & Hops, and reported his suggestions: Try pairing wheat beers with “fluffy” cheeses, like Cana de Oveja, Cowgirl Creamery's Cana de Cabra and Casatica di Bufala, or Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog (yum!); saisons with “robust,” subtly sweet cheeses such as Piave Vecchio, Sartori's BellaVitano or cheddars like Cabot's Clothbound Cheddar; session pale ales with “young, firm cheeses” such as Manchego, Ossau-iraty or Berkswell; and light lagers, ales and Pilsners with Alpine cheeses like Hoch-Ybrig and Wildspitz Bio.

And since summer is quickly winding down, you may want to pour a brew, slice some cheese (check out our guide) and get on those pairings stat.

Photo courtesy of iStock
Keep Reading

Next Up

Cheese Basics

Learn about storing, buying and pairing cheese from the cheese experts at Sartori Cheese.

50 Grilled Cheese

Make a sandwich from Food Network Magazine for any meal of the day—even dessert!

Pairing Cheese and Wine

Putting cheese and wine together successfully is a little more challenging than it might seem, although these simple tips will help ensure enjoyable pairings.

Why We Love Cheese

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day! Find out why we love cheese, and how it can be a part of a healthy diet.

Get Custom Cheese Slices

Hot Tips for cooking with cheese from Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: Instead of buying presliced cheese in packages, hit the deli counter to find more interesting cheeses.

Cheese: Is It Healthy?

Does this dairy delight have a place in your healthy eating plan? Although cheese has gotten bad press for being high in artery-clogging fat, choosing the right ones can provide important nutrients to your diet.

Grilled Cheese, Lightened Up

Who doesn’t love the ooey-gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich? You can enjoy the scrumptious combo of toasted bread and melted cheese without throwing your healthy eating plan out the window.

Sweet and Salty "Lollipop" Cheese Balls

These are the perfect special occasion food — kids can help make them and they’re also delicious (for kids and adults). Get the recipe now.