Craft Beer + Artisan Cheese Pairing
What: craft beer and artisan cheese pairings, $15 includes 3 pairings.
Where:The Tap & Table, 284 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608 tel: 585-319-3388
When: Oct. 10, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bloggers Offline is an initiative of the Rochester Blogger Network, featuring events designed to highlight the best of our city, showcasing local bloggers, their knowledge and expertise. I am super excited to be the featured blogger this month, and hope that all of you in the Rochester area will stop out on Thursday night to sample the following beer & cheese pairings, selected especially for this event.
Southern Tier Pumking w/ Smoked Blue Cheese
Like liquid pumpkin pie, Southern Tier’s Pumking (8.60% ABV) has developed a reputation for being, arguably, THE BEST pumpkin beer in today’s market. We’ve paired it with a smoked blue, cows milk cheese from Wisconsin. The ‘blue’ flavor is reasonably mild in this one, but the smoke flavor is certainly noticeable. Rich and creamy with a pleasing tang; the cheese doesn’t overwhelm the sweet and spicy beer and, in fact, the smoke adds a very pleasing dimension that we think you’ll love.
Stillwater Cellar Door Farmhouse Ale w/ Manchego
Cellar Door, from Stillwater Artisanal Ales (6.60% ABV) is a light bodied saison, brewed with white sage. For the event, it’s paired with Manchego, a Spanish sheeps milk cheese. Semi soft in texture, mild, yet certainly not bland, this cheese has a nutty flavor with sweet notes and a slight acidity. The white sage adds to refreshing element to the beer that compliments the cheese rather than competes. My favorite of the pairings, the flavors are light but surprisingly complex!
Strubbe Ichtegem’s Grand Cru w/ Cana de Oveja
Another Spanish sheeps milk cheese although it bears no resemblance to the Manchego. Cana de Oveja has the appearance of a soft ripened goats cheese, it’s bloomy rind and gooey outer layer giving way to a dense, crumblier center. A sliver of cheese coats the tongue, leaving behind buttery flavors with a bit of tang and slight dryness. It’s paired with the Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru (6.50% ABV), a beer with a strong acidity and a sweetness… a good gateway beer for red wine drinkers. The lively carbonation also helps the beer cut through the creamy dryness of the cheese and stops the palate from getting too bogged down.
Tickets can be purchased the night of the event, at the bar.
Happy Hour specials continue ‘til 6:30 and include: $5 select wine, $4 mixed drinks, and $3 pints of Spaten Beer.
Valet parking is available for $5. If you stay for dinner, have your valet ticket validated by your server and they’ll remove the fee from your bill.
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