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Beer Pairings

We’ve been pairing our favourite beers with the cheese & charcuterie from our Deli Counter..

At a recent supplier open day in London, Beth and I attended a beer and cheese pairing masterclass fronted by the Wild Beer Company. This inspired us to write a blog with our own take on beer, cheese and charcuterie pairing using products from the beer shelves and deli counter here at Macknade.

We have chosen four cheeses and two meats from our deli range to match with six of our beers, and we’ve made sure to include some lovely beers that are produced here on our doorstep in Kent. All the beers have been selected for their unique flavour profiles and characteristics, which we hope you’ll agree marry well with our selections, although we are open to your own opinions and suggestions!

The first beer we have chosen is from the innovative Time & Tide Brewing in Deal, Kent – their popular Pale Ale, Spratwaffler. This fresh, fruity and light ale has citrusy notes and a slight tang to it, so we paired it with a fresh tasting goat cheese made in Wychling, Kent – Fremlin’s Faversham Log. Zingy pale ales such as the Spratwaffler would also work well with a French Chevre, or other soft and tangy goats cheeses.

We also wanted to find something to stand up to the strongest cheddar we stock –  Double Barrel, which is the aged version of Lincolnshire Poacher.  The strong character of this cheese requires a full flavoured bitter to be able to withstand the lingering aftertaste… Step in Best Bitter from Romney Marsh Brewery! Its earthy bitter notes are balanced enough to take on this mighty cheese. Strong cheddars would also easily pair well with Gadds No.5 and other classic bitter ales!

Pairing a beer with a salami proved to be more challenging for us. We wanted a full flavoured  beer to cut through the characteristic saltiness of a salami. We selected an IPA from The Kernel Brewery, which is a gloriously fruity number! Only a highly flavoursome salami would do it justice and Salami Toscano got our vote. This coarse, lean salami is packed with flavours of garlic and black peppercorns.

We have also included one of our newest beers on the shelves here at Macknade –  Fresh by the Wild Beer Co – as a match for Brie de Meaux. Fresh is a crisp and hoppy pale ale, and such a balance of flavours doesn’t overwhelm the strong, mushroom-like taste of Brie de Meaux. Other light pale ales would be a good match for most creamy bries!

Boutilliers Smoked Oatmeal Stout, which is brewed here on site at Macknade, offers punchy flavours, intense smokiness and works wonderfully with Cecina, a smoked, air-dried beef from León, Spain. The perfect pairing for those who enjoy big, bold flavours!

Curious Porter, made by Curious Drinks, is a dark ale with both sweet and bitter notes. Dark porters and stouts traditionally pair well with blue cheese, and in our opinion you can’t beat the outstanding Colston Basset Stilton… although it would equally would work well with any robust blue!

So there you have it… Our cheese & charcuterie pairings for some of our favourite beers. Let us know what you think?

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