Grafton 1 Year Cheddar Wheel 8oz
In 1892, a group of Vermont dairy farmers created a co-op to turn their surplus milk into cheese. This tradition of crafting handmade, raw milk cheese from local farms is going strong today at Grafton Village. Plus, feasting on Grafton Village Cheese means supporting the Windham Foundation, which helps rural communities in Vermont thrive.
This is the youngest of their Cheddars, creamy and rich, with the comforting appeal of an old-school farmhouse cheddar. It's not too intense, and its sweet apple and brown butter flavors go down easy. A great snack with ripe pears; perfect for melting on chili. Open a crisp Riesling, or a bright Pilsner.
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Farmhouse Ales & SoursFarmhouse, Saison, Bière de Garde, Lambic, Sour Beer
Farmhouse ales, instead of being driven by malt or hops, depend on the yeast for their distinctive spicy, floral, and tart flavors. Commonly made by brewers in France and Belgium, farmhouse ales are usually light in color and body and quite effervescent. From time to time, brewers allow wild yeasts to ferment the beer, resulting in a brew that falls somewhere in between pleasantly bright to bracingly sour.
Pair with: Mushroomy Brie Fermier or funky, bacony Epoisses are matches made in heaven.
GinWhen picking out a cheese to nibble on while you sip your favorite gin cocktail, think bright and springy. Something fresh that will bring out the spirit’s citrusy, botanical notes.
Lagers and KolschLager, Dunkel, Schwarz, Pilsner, Kolsch Ale
Lagers run the gamut from crisp, pale Pilsners to dark-malted Dunkels and Märzens. Flavors are typically approachable and mellow, a delicate balance of toasted bread, gentle sweetness, and mild hop bitterness for structure.
Pair with: Almost any firm, mild cheese like Tomme de Savoie or Landaff Creamery Landaff.