A gastronomic revolution is quietly taking place in this country that aims to challenge wine's supremacy as the
cheese pairing beverage of choice - Americans are turning to beer and cheese.
Beer is the de facto complement for cheese in many cultures worldwide. Cheese and beer grew up together on the farm,
and the grain used to produce beer is often the same as that which is fed to milk-animals to produce cheese. More
importantly, the flavors of beer and cheese – earthy, yeasty, musty, fruity, rich, toasty, floral – jibe in a way
that many feel those of wine and cheese cannot. Even the craft beer and artisanal cheese industries bare a certain
resemblance: both are propelled forward by avid enthusiasts playing new world riffs on old world styles; and both
brewers and cheesemakers have eschewed the highfalutin, in favor of embracing the average consumer.
The simple fact is that cheese and beer are ideal partners. So, next time you reach for a piece of artisanal, handcrafted cheese, save the Chardonnay and try an Ale or Lager instead!
Pairing your own? See our Beer & Cheese Pairing Tips
for more information!