While people often think of wine as the ultimate pairing for cheese, many wine professionals actually point to beer as the most complimentary beverage when the cheese plate appears. Kindred foods from the start, both beer and cheese start with grasses, undergo fermentation, and end up as some of the world’s tastiest and most remarkable foods. Made-side-by-side in farm kitchens all over the world for millennia, traditional beer and cheese were both nearly wiped out by the depredations of flavor-blind 20th century food "modernization". Thankfully, both have made remarkable comebacks in recent years.
Garrett Oliver is brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and a cheese geek, and Aaron Foster is the owner of Foster Sundry and a consummate cheesemonger and beer geek. Learn the history, science, and stories behind beer and cheese, taste some fun and unique pairings, and learn how to make pairing fireworks with the holiday cheese plate.
Doors open at 6 pm. Program begins promptly at 6:30.