Last year we went overboard with too many pairings so I wanted to keep it under control this year, especially since I'd be doing it alone. I decided 4 was a good number. Mr. W helped me with most of the pairings but I decided I wanted to incorporate honey somehow as a nod to St. John. (I had no idea how to include locusts) I found a great honey pairing online here. As with last year, I bought all the beers at Belmont Station and appreciate the good customer service there since I don't know what I'm doing with beer.
This year's pairings:
- Smoked Gouda paired with Paulaner Salvatore Double Bock (Munich, Germany)
- Kerrygold Aged Cheddar paired with Alameda Black Bear XX Stout (Portland, Oregon)
- Mascarpone paired with Foret Saison Ale (Tourpes, Belgium)
- Rouge Creamery Gorgonzola drizzled with honey paired with Dundee Honey Brown Ale (Rochester, New York)
I had a nice little turn out of friends and everyone still had plenty of cheese in which to partake even with fewer pairings. And I tried all the beers! I hope Mr. W will be proud of me. I liked the first one, the Paulaner. But I'm not a beer convert yet.