Sunday, September 09, 2007
Cheese & Beer: The Perfect Pair
Buy Fresh Buy Local kicked off Local Foods week here in South Central PA, the Pennsylvania Farmstead & Artisan Cheese Alliance teamed up with Troegs Brewery in Harrisburg for an afternoon of pairing hand-crafted beers and cheeses. Last month I had the pleasure of attending a workshop at the American Cheese Society conference given by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and author of the Brewmaster's Table. He explained that beer actually goes better with cheese for two reasons. First, he said, "You don't see cows eating grapes, do you?" meaning that cows eat grasses & grains to produce cheese while beer is also produced from grasses & grains so they are much closer together. Secondly, he explained that due to beer's carbonation, the fats from the cheeses are "scrubbed" from your tongue allowing for a true taste of both cheese and beer. Regardless of the reason, everyone enjoyed sampling both beer and cheese yesterday, attempting to pair the different selections together.