Cheese and charcuterie are incredibly versatile. They can serve as a simple snack or an elegant dinner party appetizer.
Although cheese and charcuterie are perceived to be among the fancier of appetizer options, they are also perfect for relaxed get-togethers. So, as we enter barbecue season don’t forget that an ice cold craft beer is a refreshing accompaniment to a cheese and charcuterie board as our Summer Brewery Partners, Great Lakes Brewery and Market Garden Brewery shared with our Heinen’s associates during a recent visit to their downtown Cleveland locations.
As two beloved Cleveland breweries, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Market Garden Brewery are experts in the agriculture and science behind producing high quality, unique craft beer. Heinen’s Cheesemongers and Beer Leads collaborated with these breweries to pair their craft beers with our cheese and charcuterie to create amazing flavor combinations. Now, we’re sharing the top picks, so that it’s easier than ever to create the perfect pairings for your next cheese and charcuterie board.
Great Lakes Charcuterie Pairings
Dortmunder Gold with Prosciutto
Prosciutto is a meat that needs a special kind of beer to accompany its fatty texture. Dortmunder Gold is award winning for its perfect balance of sweet malt and dry hop flavors. Its carbonation is perfect for cutting through rich prosciutto.
Elliot Ness with Speck
The sweetness of Northern Italian Speck is best brought out by the hints of raisin and fig in this incredibly smooth beer known for its toasted malts and noble hops.
Hop Madness with Nudja Chorizo “Pate”
Chorizo has a strong taste which makes it the perfect partner the manically-crafted Hop Madness. With intense tropical and bitter tastes, this prime-finished, dry-hopped beer stands up to the heat of spreadable chorizo.
Burning River with Iberico Pork Loin
A tribute to the famous fire on the Cuyahoga River, this beer, infused with rosemary, lavender, citrus and basil pairs best with smoky red meats such as Iberico Pork Loin. The citrus and pine flavors of the beer accompanied by the kick from the pork loin create a taste that is sure to ignite your senses.
Edmund Fitzgerald with Zoë w/Cacao Nibs
There is no such thing as too much chocolate, especially in this next pairing. Cacao nibs are small pieces of fermented dried, roasted, and crushed cacao beans. The rich flavors of this chocolate-coffee infused beer are most prominent when paired with the tastes of the Cacao nibs.
Market Garden Cheese Pairings
Prosperity Wheat paired with Mackenzie Goat Cheese
The acidity and tartness of goat cheese is complex in flavor, which means it needs an equally complex partner. This tangy Hefeweizen (wheat beer) blends sweet wheat and pale malts with aromas of banana and clove. It is a brilliant match for the elaborate flavors of goat cheese.
Progress Pilsner paired with Mayfield Road Havarti
Light and refreshing, the crisp and clean malt body of Progress Pilsner enhances the honey tones of creamy cheeses like Havarti.
Citra Max paired with Turkeyfoot Creek Creamy Goat Gouda
With a name like Citra Max, it is easy to guess that this beer is loaded with notes of citrus. These tropical aromas are best enhanced when paired with drier cheeses such as Turkeyfoot Creek Creamy Goat Gouda. The crystallization of the Gouda brings out the tropical citrus notes in the beer creating the perfect summer taste.
Hella Mango paired with Canal Junction Charloe
If you’re looking to add depth to a charcuterie board, Canal Junction Charloe won’t disappoint. When paired with this seasonal mango IPA, this strong cheese will create delicious distinguishing flavors that are sure to excite your taste buds. The meatiness of Canal Junction Charloe and the bursting mango flavors of Hella Mango create a contrast that is undeniably delicious.
Lime Wit with Tangerine Peel Paired with Lake Erie Key Lime Chevre
If you like citrus, then this pairing is for you! This dry-finished beer is filled with the aroma of tangerine peels and citrus hops, which brings out the sweet lemon flavor of this creamy cheese. Not only is this pairing delightfully tangy, but its citrus foundation also acts as a palate cleanser.
You cannot go wrong with these beer, cheese and charcuterie combinations, and now you can have them for your next party. Stop by your local Heinen’s and try them for yourself. Our Cheesemongers and Beer Leads are excited to offer support in crafting pairings that are sure to impress your guests.