A few weeks back, Shana and I dropped by a Beer & Cheese Pairing event at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa. We love these events, because they force us to try out so many new tastes. Hosted by the Whole Foods Cheese and Taproom teams, they were joined by Dan Haynes of Bear Republic Brewing who supplied the beers.
For those of you not familiar with the area, we are lucky to have a wide selection of creamery’s and breweries close by. Next time you’re looking for adventure idea’s, check out the following sites:
California Cheese Trail at http://cheesetrail.org
Bullseyebrewco Beer Map right here https://bullseyebrewco.com/beer-map
What was I talking about? Oh, right! Beer, and cheese stuffs. So the tastings went like this…
Peter Brown Tribute Ale and Point Reyes Farmstead Blue
Apex IPA and Bellwether Farms San Andreas
Bear Republic’s Apex really shows off the West Coast influence on the style. Paired along with the San Andreas, which has quite a drying effect on your palette, its hop profile cuts through all of that and let’s you enjoy the flavors. Solid compliment to one another.
Hop Rod Rye and Jasper Hill Farm Winnimere
Smokey Bear and Cypress Grove Midnight Moon
Yep, it’s good. Find these and put them in your mouth.
Tartare Rouge and Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
Fantastic stuff. Love the Humboldt Fog, hell it was even in our wedding cake. Add in the tart from the Berliner Weisse, and the flavors just marry in your mouth. It’s like this big bucket, if you put a lot of awesome inside. Yea, exactly like that.
So much good beer and cheese. Almost as much fun talking to everyone we sat near about their take on the pairings, as it was eating them ourselves. I learned a lot about my taste buds, with one big takeaway:
Try new things! There are an abundance of crazy, and amazing flavors in the Cheese you have available. Pick up a couple random’s, and some new beers, and give it a whirl. Doesn’t matter if you like everything, just try it all.