Forget Wine, Pair Your Cheese With Beer

August 28, 2015

Sure wine works with cheese, but beer does too!

When it comes to pairing cheese and beer, cold weather makes it easy. Winter beers—big, chocolaty porters, bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and malty barleywine ales—beautifully complement a wide variety of cheeses thanks to their sophisticated sweetness. These brews balance the pepper and earth of a Stilton, the barnyard funk of an Epoisses, but they won’t necessarily overpower the herbal nuances of a Basque sheep cheese like Ossau-iraty. In that way, winter beers are akin to sweeter wines like Spätlese Riesling, or Vouvray.

Lighter-style, warm weather beers are different though. For example,…