Cheers to Saint Patrick's Day: Perfect Cheese and Beer Pairings to Celebrate

Cheers to Saint Patrick's Day: Perfect Cheese and Beer Pairings to Celebrate

Laura Downey

As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, the festivities call for more than just green attire and parades; it's also a perfect opportunity to indulge in some delicious cheese and beer pairings. (I suspect that most of us will skip the bars and stay home, lol) While Ireland is often associated with cheddar and its iconic stout, a wide array of beers complement different types of cheese, elevating flavors and enjoyment. Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself to a festive snack, here are some delicious cheese and beer pairings to elevate your Saint Patrick's Day celebration.

1. Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and IPA:

A classic pairing that never disappoints, the acidity of Cabot Clothbound cheddar contrasts beautifully with the bold, hoppy flavors of an India Pale Ale (IPA). Look for a robust IPA with citrusy notes to balance the sweet richness of the cheese, creating a perfect balance of flavors that dance on your palate.

2. Coolea and Belgian-style Quadrupel

Coolea is an Irish cow's milk cheese reminiscent of Dutch Gouda. It is hard and crystalline, with a sweet butter and caramel flavor. It needs a bold, malty beer like a quad with its dried fruit and sweet flavors.

3. Stilton and Imperial Stout

A good-quality Stilton is a revelation, with a fudgy, creamy texture and flavors of buttermilk and grass balanced by the punchy, spicy blue. A big beer like an Imperial Stout, with its residual sugars, is a perfect counterpoint to the salty Stilton.

4. Lake Breeze and Wheat Beer

The creamy, silky texture of a slightly aged goat cheese like Lake Breeze matches the light, refreshing flavors of a wheat beer. The beer's subtle hints of citrus and spice complement the cheese's citrusy and yeasty taste, creating a pairing that's as elegant as it is satisfying.

Whether you're a seasoned cheese and beer enthusiast or just beginning to explore the world of cheese and beer pairings, these combinations will surely delight your taste buds and add a touch of sophistication to your Saint Patrick's Day celebrations. So raise a glass, savor a bite, and toast to the luck of the Irish with these perfect cheese and beer pairings. Sláinte!


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