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.
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.
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