Virtually tasty: beer and cheese pairings

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Beer tasting parties and sampling beer flights are a growing trend around the world. With the World Beer Cup 2010 approaching on April 10, here is a simple way to enjoy the winners with your favorite cheeses.


One thing to keep in mind when pairing beers is that complex beers go best with complex cheeses. Here is a simple cheat sheet from Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, and the American Dairy Association (ADA):

- Sharp Cheddar  - Pale Ale
- Feta  - Wheat Beer
- Mascarpone  - Fruit Beer
- American Cheese - Pilsner
- Colby - Brown Ale
- Gorgonzola  - Barleywine
- Gruyére  - Bock Beer
- Swiss Cheese - Octoberfest Beer
- Parmesan - Amber Lager

Two well-known beer blogs, Brewtopia and Beer Advocate have also created some tasting duos that you may want to try; here is a selection:

- Mellow white Cheddar cheese  - Pilsner Urquell
- Asiago - Nut Brown Ale
- Provolone - pale ale
- Brie or Camembert cheese - German Kolsch, Belgian blond Ale, or French Biere de - Garde and a Stout when the brie is for dessert
- Banon - Scottish Ale
- Munster  - Rodenbach Red Ale
- Chevre - Belgian Gueuze Lambic such as Boon, Cantillon, or Cuvee Rene from Lindemans
- Feta and Goat Cheese - Wheat Beer: Weihenstephan Hefe-Weizen, Schneider - Hefe-Weizen and UFO Hefeweizen
- Cabecou Feuille and Ossau Ira - Pilsner (lager)
- Mascarpone - Fruit Beers: Magic Hat #9, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, Melbourne Bros. Apricot or Strawberry
- American Cheese, Muenster, Havarti and Monterey Jack  -  Pilsners: Harpoon Pilsner, Radeberger and Stella Artios
- Colby, Gloucester and Cheddar - Brown Ales: Sam Smith Nut Brown, Shipyard Brown or Brooklyn Brown
- Gorgonzola and Creamy Blues - Barleywines: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Fuller's Vintage Ale, Rouge Old Crustacean and Brooklyn Monster
-Roquefort and Stilton - Belgian Ales: Lucifer, Duvel, Chimay Blue, Northcoast Pranqster, and Unibroue Don de Dieu
- Gruyére, Emmental and Swiss - Bock Beer, Dark Lagers or Oktoberfest Beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest or Double Bock, Harpoon Octoberfest or Munich Dark, Salavator, Celebrator and Dornbusch Bock
- Parmesan or Romano - Pale Ales and Amber Ales: Harpoon Ale, Stone Cat Ale, Ipswich Ale, Shoal's Pale Ale, Magic Hat Bob's 1st Ale
- Cheese with salad - India Pale Ale (IPA): Harpoon IPA, Wolaver's IPA and Tremont IPA

And, Chimay Grand Reserve Trappist Ale has even created the perfect complement, Chimay Trappist Cheese.

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