We like our beer here, but we're big cheese fans too, and we also reckon that the two work really well together. With summer maybe thinking about making an appearance next week, we asked the very lovely people at the Indie Fude foodhall in Belfast to come up with some pairing ideas, to give you a bit of picnic inspiration if you're heading off around the country. A big thank you to Laura in Indie Fude, who has put together some great matches (after a lot of research).
Cais Na Tire, Tipperary This unique sheep’s cheese is aged for six months – allowing it to develop toasty caramel notes and a rich mouthfeel. This works incredibly well with the refreshing Bin Bawn and its crisp finish. Working alongside the bubbles it prepares your palate for more! For pairing with Bin Bawn pale ale (ABV: 4.6%, IBU: 38)
Smoked Knockanore, Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese, Limerick This cheese is cold oak smoked for ten days to create a sweet but fully smoked flavour – accompanying the meaty umami notes of the original aged cheddar. The strong malty base in the Long Meadow IPA echo these savoury umami notes – and matches the mouth-filling flavour. For pairing with Long Meadow IPA (ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 60)
St. Tola, Inagh Goat Farm, Clare Line Blocker and St. Tola goats cheese pair perfectly due to their complementary flavours. The combination of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo create a real citrus hit – that will bounce off the acidity in the goats cheese. A refreshing and summery combination! For pairing with Line Blocker (ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 54)
St. Gall, Fermoy Natural Cheese Company, Cork The richness and maltiness of the Bambrick's Brown Ale is the perfect match for Frank & Gudrun Shinnick’s award winning Saint Gall. As this hard cheese ages it develops a beautiful sweet and nutty flavour – and retains an earthiness not dissimilar in character to the beer. With a distinctive palate-tingling finish, they serve to enhance the flavour of each other - exactly what a good pairing is designed to do! For pairing with Bambrick’s Brown Ale (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 26)
Young Buck, Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Down The traditional beer pairing for a blue would be a boisterous stout. But for something a little different a vivacious and bright fruity beer can work incredibly well. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit of Ballykilcavan’s Secret Passion not only works to brighten the palate in preparation for each mouthful of this stunningly rich raw milk cheese – but complements the delicate tropical finish. A match made in heaven! For pairing with Secret Passion (ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 55)
Gubbeen, Gubbeen Farmhouse, Cork This nutty, sweet and creamy cheese works well with anything that cleanses the palate between bites, meaning the Millhouse session IPA fits the bill perfectly. Light and refreshing with rich and creamy! For pairing with Millhouse IPA (ABV: 3.5%, IBU: 48)
We're also running a competition where you can win one of two packs with the cheese selection, cheese board and knife and 2 cans of each of the beers. To enter, just post up a picture of you enjoying a cheese and beer pairing, tell us where it is and tag us (@ballykilcavan in IG, FB and Twitter). Competition closes on June 9th, and is open to anyone over 18. Prizes can be shipped anywhere on the island of Ireland.
David Walsh-Kemmis - 21st May 2021