A cheese and beer pairing seen in a whole new, much sweeter, light.
By Amanda Brooke Bothwell
Usually when pairing a course with a beverage it’s all about finding the perfect drink to supplement the food. The meal is the star of the show, and the beverage is just a supporting role. That wasn’t the case with this duo. We started with a homebrewed Amber Ale hopped entirely with cascade hops we’ve grown in our garden. From there, the dessert was built around the beer. Who’s to say the sweets should get all the glory?
Beer with pretzels and cheese, however, sound more like dinner at a Phillies’ game than the winning combination for an indulgent dessert. But there’s a reason why these items are found together so frequently, inside and outside the ballpark. Something about the aggressive bitterness of the hops with a sharp, full-flavored cheese–it just works. Translating that same pungency to a dessert is a whole different story. What I ended up with is a thick and rich Stilton cheesecake on a sweet biscuit and pretzel crust, topped with honey and washed down with that Amber Ale. Salty, sweet, tangy and…hoppy: a flavor combination fit for the David Lebovitzs and Chase Utleys alike.
Originally Published: August 29, 2013