When it comes to pairings, British cheese and beer are not the most obvious choice but when matched they really do get your taste buds going. With the refined flavours of the cheese and the robust characters of the beer, it is a pairing not
to be missed.
Britain produces over 700 named cheeses and there are over 2,000 brands of beer in Britain. With such a variety on offer, there is great scope for winning combinations and what better way to celebrate any day, than with what we would call the perfect match!
Nigel White, the Secretary of the British Cheese Board says: “Pairing cheese and beer gives you the chance to explore the incredible range of taste and textures in our cheese, and equally the stunning range of British beers.”
For those who prefer a strong cheese, Cheddar is a great start. With its strong flavours and velvety texture, it creates a smooth coating in the mouth which when tried with White Shield (a toasty like beer) opens up the palate to flavours of citrus and apples.
If you prefer something with a little more of a kick, a Mature Blue Stilton and Ola Dubh (a dark beer) will definitely live up to that. The heavy substance of the beer and its malty and marmite notes complements the cheese, resulting in a
powerful explosion of flavours.
Melissa Cole, beer journalist and author of popular blog ‘Girls Guide to Beer’ identified the perfect beer and cheese matches. Melissa says: Beer is, quite simply, the most natural partner for cheese you could choose, and it’s no accident that Britain has a strong history, not to mention bright future, of artisan brewing and cheese making. Whether you choose the classic combination of a pint of bitter with a ploughman’s or the sophisticated match of a barley wine with Stilton, the opportunity for epicurean delight from the partnership of beer and cheese is endless.
Here’s a selection of perfect beer and cheese pairings
Bateman’s Victory Ale (6%) Capricorn Goat’s Cheese This Lincolnshire beer has masses of flavours in it, and the goat’s cheese really stands up well to it. The rich pear and liquorice notes in the beer are complemented by the slightly chalky texture of the cheese, with both parts of the partnership keeping the other in balance to leave a warm aftertaste.
Worthington White Shield (5.6%) West Country Farmhouse Cheddar The beer takes centre stage here as the cheese acts as a foil to bring out tiniest hints of cloves with scents of banana; it then ends in an unexpected citrus tang that’s a real taste explosion.
Brakspear Triple (7.2%) Blue Stilton Another strong cheese that needs a strong partner but this time with different results. The strength of ‘blue’ flavour and saltiness in this cheese means it can really balance the candyfloss flavour of the beer to create waves of caramelised orange.
Peronelle’s Blush (5.4%) White Stilton and Blueberries A perfect dessert replacement this combination is for the sweet of tooth. The hint of Crème du Mur in the cider combines perfectly with the blueberries in the cheese to make a fruity fiesta in the mouth, whilst the dry appley nature of the cider itself prevents it all from becoming too sickly sweet – recommend you put the cheese on a digestive biscuit to get the full experience.