Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.
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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 Breweryand author oftheBrewmaster'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.
Sandra is a witty writer, farmer and damn good cook who has been slicing her finger open on the cutting edge of the sustainable agriculture and local foods movements for the last twenty five years. Her books, How to Sell At Farmers Market and How To Kiss A Chicken On The Lips will be published in Spring 2013.