Welcome to this installment of Beer & Cheese Pairings. This week, I’ve chosen three delightful goat’s milk cheeses to pair with Ale Industries’ East Bay IPA. Let’s get started!
East Bay IPA from Ale Industries is a hoppy Imperial IPA. It has a citrusy aroma and a sharp hop bite with every sip. It has a slight twinge of sweetness to back up its hop-forward front. It should make a good pairing partner for these three goat’s milk cheeses.
Bucheret is a delicious goat milk cheese from Redwood Hill Farm. It features a white, bloomy rind and has a dense and buttery interior mix with hints of mushroom from the penicillum candidum rind. It develops a rich and complex set of flavors as it ages. This earthy cheese balanced very nicely with the sweetness and hoppy flavor of the IPA.
Truffle Tremor® is a beautiful ripened goat cheese from Cypress Grove that is jam-packed with Italian black summer truffles. This cheese has heavy floral, herb, and mushroom notes and was my favorite cheese of the day. It paired surprisingly well with the beer but wasn’t able to match the balance achieved in the Bucheret pairing.
Cremont from Vermont Creamery is a cheese made from a mix of goats’ milk and cow’s milk with a hint of Vermont cream. The delicious nutty taste and creamy texture is housed in the wrinkled geotrichum rind. Its fresh curd is shaped by hand and aged for two weeks for its unique color and smooth interior. This cheese made for my favorite pairing of the day. Its nuttiness paired beautifully with the bitterness of the beer.
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