Cheese Board for Beer
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 of versatility when creating a cheese board as well. My football charcuterie board is definitely paired with beer!
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. Grapes or roasted grapes add a touch of sweetness.
I served this particular cheese board with a dark brown triple ale from Belgium that had notes of banana, dates and caramel.
The flavor of the beer 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.
Psst- a cheese board for beer is a great idea for a St. Patrick’s Day party! Choose some cheeses that pair well with Irish stout, and you’re in business. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a batch of my Irish Cream Brownies, and maybe some Mini Shepherd’s Pie too.
Cheese Board for Beer
- Aged Dutch Gouda cheese
- Cave-Aged Tallegio cheese
- Garlic and Herb boursin cheese
- Roquefort cheese
- Dried apricots
- Honey and/or honeycomb
- Pretzel bites
- Soppressata and/or salami
- Sweet piquanté peppers
- Whole grain mustard
- Assemble everything on a large slate, cutting board or platter, and allow guests to serve themselves.
What is the name of the beer you paired it with? What modifications would you recommend if you were serving a lager? Thanks
Hi Joann! I paired this board with Gulden Draak beer. For lagers, I like nice sharp Cheddars, as well as havarti and fontina. Happy cheese board-ing 🙂
What is the name of the nut and dried fruit bread in this picture?
Hi there! I believe they are Kii Naturals crackers. And I think there is a brand called Raincoast Crisps that are very similar. Hope that helps!
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.