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Matching Cheese With Beer & Wine

Page 2: Pairing Chart



This is the second page of our cheese pairing article. To visit the Page 1, click on the black link below.


Pairing Cheese With Beer & Wine

While our goal here is to introduce beer and cheese matches, we’ve also provided wine pairings for reference and comparison.

Cheese Beer Wine
Asiago Malty Brown Ales Barbera, Chianti, Rioja
Blue Cheeses Barleywine Style Ale (Old Foghorn, Moylan’s), Trappist Beer, Stout Sweet Wine (Roquefort & Sauternes, Port & Stilton)
Brie, Camembert Belgian Blond Ale Champagne, Chardonnay
Brie & Camembert (Very Ripe) French Bière de Garde (Jeanlain or La Choulette Ambree), German Kolsch, Stout Hard Cider, Red Bordeaux
Brie, Camembert
(For Dessert)
Stout Champagne, Chardonnay
Cheddar, Mellow Pilsner-style lagers (e.g. Pilsner Urquell) Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Cheddar & English Farmstead Cheeses Pale Ale (with lots of hops) Ruby Port
Chevre Belgian Lambics Sauvignon Blanc
Chevre (Aged) Belgian-Style Saison (e.g. Ommegang Hennepin, Saison Dupont) Chardonnay, White Burgundy
Chevre (Aged With Caramel Notes) Creamy Stouts* Chardonnay, White Burgundy (oaky)
Colby, Gloucester Brown Ale  
Feta Wheat Beers Light White Wines
Fresh Cheeses (Burrata, Chevre, Creszenza, Mozzarella, Teleme) Fruit Beer, Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen, Weissbier, Witbier), Pilsner Champagne, Sweet White Wine
Gouda Amber Ales, Nut-Brown Ales, Porters Amarone, Shiraz, Zinfandel
Gruyere Malty Beers: Bock, Munich Dunkel, Oktoberfest Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah
Havarti, Gouda, Monterey Jack Hoppy Pilsners Beaujolais, Pinot Noir
Mascarpone Fruit Beer, Porter or Stout Marsala
Mimolette Barleywine Ale, Bière des Flandres, Vintage Ale Late Harvest Pinot Gris, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Sweet Vouvray
Pecorino Amber Ale Chianti
Parmigiano-Reggiano Amber Ale, India Pale Ale Barbera, Barolo, Lambrusco
Provolone Pale Ale Cabernet Sauvignon
Sheep’s Milk Cheeses (Mild to Medium-Aged) Amber Ale Full Reds, Sweet Hard Ciders
Sheep’s Milk Cheeses (Aged, Salty, Nutty) Brown Ale Full Reds, Sweet Hard Ciders
Swiss-Style Mountain Cheeses (Comte, Emmental, Gruyere) Bock Beer, Brown Ale, Dark Lager, Oktoberfest Beer, Sweet or Mellow Porter or Stout* Country Wines
Stilton, Roquefort Barleywine Style Ale, Belgian Ale, Stout Port
Triple Crèmes Belgian-Style Saison, Belgian Tripels, Fruit Beers (try Kriek, cherry beer or Kriek Framboise, raspberry beer) Barolo, Brunello, Champagne
Washed Rind Cheeses - Mild e.g. Livarot, Point l’Eveque Darker Ales (Rodenbach Red Ale) French Bière de Garde Alsatian Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Normandy Cider
Washed Rind Cheeses - Strong, e.g. Epoisses, Munster Trappist Beers (Chimay Grande Reserve), Porters, Stouts Alsatian Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling

* Look for chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee notes, e.g. Sierra Nevada Stout

For a deeper discussion of why these pairings work, read “Beer and Cheese Pairing Ideas,” by Owen Ogletree.

Cheeses For Beers

Brown Ale Cheeses India Pale Ale Cheeses Porter Cheeses
Cheeses For Brown Ales. U.S. brews like Pete’s, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery plus Samuel Smiths and Newcastle from the U.K., all go great with this assortment of farmhouse Cheshire, double-aged Gouda, and more. Click here for more information. Cheeses For India Pale Ales. Boisterous and spicy India pale Ales call out for robust and subtly spicy cheeses: Scottish Cheddar, Grana Padana, Provolone, Piccante, Montasio Festivo. Click here for more information. Cheeses For Porters. Take an international cheese tour along with a creamy glass of porter. Enjoy Le Maréchal from France, Knight's Vail from Wisconsin, Cashel Blue from Ireland, and Danish Tilsiter. Click here for more information.

Learn More About Beer

The Brewmaster's Table Stephen Beaumont Jay Harlow's Beer Cuisine
The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer With Food, by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, one of America’s great craft brewers. A must-read for anyone who loves both beer and food. Click here for more information. Stephen Beaumont's Brewpub Cookbook: 100 Great Recipes from 30 Great North American Brewpubs, by Stephen Beaumont. Round out your beer-and-food pairing library with this volume by an award-winning beer writer. Click here for more information. Jay Harlow's Beer Cuisine: A Cookbook for Beer Lovers, by Jay Harlow. Harlow, a former restaurant chef, is a popular cooking teacher and writer in the San Francisco bay area. The dishes are modern and sophisticated yet easy to make. Click here for more information.


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