Cheese Board for Beer

Cheese Board for Beer - All of the salty, spicy, creamy, nutty and pickled items you need to assemble an appetizer spread perfect for a beer-tasting party. | foxeslovelemons.com

Anybody that knows my husband and I knows that we love beer. Our favorite restaurant (a short walk from our house) is really a beer bar that happens to have great food. Jeff brews his own beer, and is always seeking out new beers to buy and try. We have a fridge in the garage just for beer. That love of beer has inspired this Cheese Board for Beer.

While cheese boards are generally paired with wine or cocktails, I actually think beer gives you a lot more versatility when creating a cheese board. Beer pairs really well with spicy foods (peppadews), big meaty flavors (salami or soppressata), salty things (pistachios and olives), pickled things (cornichons), pretzels, mustard, and of course, the cheese.

Cheese Board for Beer - All of the salty, spicy, creamy, nutty and pickled items you need to assemble an appetizer spread perfect for a beer-tasting party. | foxeslovelemons.com

I served this particular cheese board with Gulden Draak, an authentic dark brown triple ale from Belgium created for those who are passionate about beer, like Jeff and I. Gulden Draak has been brewed since the 1700s, and was awarded the best-tasting beer in the world in 1998 by the American Tasting Institute, and I can taste why. It has fruity notes of banana and dates, but the brewmaster also adds caramel and Bordeaux-wine yeast just before bottling, which causes the sweeter notes to mellow out as the beer ages.

The bold, aggressively smooth flavor of Gulden Draak pairs particularly well with cheeses like cave-aged Tallegio, Roquefort and aged Dutch Gouda, so I’ve included all of those in this epic spread.

Cheese Board for Beer - All of the salty, spicy, creamy, nutty and pickled items you need to assemble an appetizer spread perfect for a beer-tasting party. | foxeslovelemons.com

Gulden Draak (“Golden Dragon”) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent. This dragon is said to protect a unique and precious treasure. Ready to #ConquerTheDragon yourself? Sample Gulden Draak in your own home, then post to social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter), tagging @FoxesLoveLemons and using #GuldenDraak, and you will be entered into a drawing for Gulden Draak swag!

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Cheese Board for Beer

Ingredients:

  • Aged Dutch Gouda cheese
  • Cave-Aged Tallegio cheese
  • Garlic and Herb boursin cheese
  • Roquefort cheese
  • Cornichons
  • Crackers
  • Dried apricots
  • Grapes
  • Honey and/or honeycomb
  • Olives
  • Pistachios
  • Pretzel bites
  • Soppressata and/or salami
  • Sweet piquanté peppers
  • Whole grain mustard

Directions:

  1. Assemble everything on a large slate, cutting board or platter, and allow guests to serve themselves.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulden Draak. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. You have become a master of the cheese board my love.  The combinations that you create are so flavorful.  And, in this instance, paired really really well with the beer.  I had never had Gulden Draack before, but its fruity and nutty notes were enhanced by the collection of cheeses you put together.  Great recipe.  

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