FOOD & BEER PAIRINGS
Food Loves Beer Editors
Add a bit of Irish culture to your next cheese and beer pairing.
Here are six Irish farmhouse cheeses we love and our favorite craft beer suggestions to pair with them. Cheers!
1. Cooleeney farmhouse cheese is a Camembert-style cow’s milk cheese that's creamy and buttery with discernible mushroom notes and a tangy finish. We paired it with a classic farmhouse saison; its spicy hops and Belgian yeast play well against the rustic flavors of this cheese.
2. Cahill Porter, a cheddar marbled throughout with a dark porter, has a unique look and earthy flavor. Pairing it with a dry stout or porter showcases the hint of roasted malt in the cheese, and the natural saltiness of cheddar brings out the beer’s sweetness.
3. Handmade in Ireland's County Tipperary, Cashel Blue is a crumbly, semi-soft cow's milk blue cheese that becomes creamier with age, and its flavors more complex. For a luxurious after-dinner cheese course, enjoy Cashel Blue with a Belgian tripel; its classic notes of pear and spice is the perfect foil for the cheese's earthiness.
4. Mossfield Organic is a handmade gouda-style cheese that is aged for over eight months. Its complex and buttery well-balanced richness makes it the ideal match for the malty sweetness of brown ale.
5. Gleann Óir is a natural rind semi-soft goat milk cheese that’s aged for six months. The banana and clove flavors of hefeweizen, along with its high carbonation and dry finish pair harmoniously with the subtly sweet, nutty taste of this cheese.
6. Crozier Blue, Ireland’s only sheep’s milk blue cheese, has a roasted-nut aroma and crumbly texture when young, but becomes soft and creamy as it ages. This cheese goes especilly well with barleywine. The assertive hop profile of American barleywine brings out the ‘blueness’ of the cheese, while the dark fruit flavors in British-style barleywine complements the cheese’s sweet, creamy undertones.
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