Artisan cheese pairings don’t always have to involve wine. These specialty cheeses, for instance, pair perfectly with craft beers and spirits selected by our pros. To make your beer, booze and cheese board extra festive for spring, add accompaniments like fresh berries, light crackers, candied nuts or your favorite springtime snacks.
North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout + Point Reyes Original Blue: Big and bold, this classic pairing balances salty, sweet and peppery flavors with just the right carbonation. Even better, both of these Northern California creations are considered to be some of the best in the world for their class. Sweeten the deal with honey and candied walnuts.
Fort Point KSA + Cypress Grove Purple Haze: The crisp hops in this Kölsch-style ale play off the bright citrus and tangy notes of this fresh goat's milk cheese in all the right ways. Lavender and wild fennel pollen give the chèvre an unforgettable flavor profile that beautifully balances the German malt notes of the beer.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon + Cypress Grove Midnight Moon: Aged in charred American oak barrels, this small batch bourbon boasts notes of smoky vanilla, orange blossom and honey that shine when paired with the sweet honey, roasted caramel and rich milk flavors of this aged goat’s milk gouda.
St. George Terroir Gin + 6 Month Manchego: Featuring locally sourced botanicals from Marin County, this gin comes from one of the top artisan distillers in the nation. The gin’s juniper and herbal characteristics pair wonderfully with the herbaceous notes in this rich sheep’s milk cheese from Spain.