Grafton 2 Year Cheddar Brick 16oz
Nothing is so (awesomely) all-American as Vermont Cheddar'this Vermont Cheddar, from postcard-pretty Grafton, Vermont. The Grafton Village Cheese cooperative has been making cheese from neighboring farms since the 19th Century.
Their two-year Cheddar is all about mellow tartness and creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of fresh hay and sweet milk. A friend to apple pie; a cheeseburger essential. Break out a California Merlot, or a Vermont farmstead ale.
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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.
MalbecThis rustic wine is inky and dark, full-bodied with plenty of tannins. Fruity flavors of plums and berries are contrasted by spice and leather.
Pair with: Equally toothsome cheeses like Boerenkaas Gouda.
Strong BeersBarleywine, Old Ale, Strong Ale, Scotch Ale
Big and intense, with an alcohol punch to match, don’t underestimate any of these guys. Flavors will favor the malty side of the spectrum, with dark fruit, leather, and tobacco notes common. You will taste the booze. And it will be delicious.
Pair with: A cheese equally big in flavor. Dunbarton Blue has subtle bluing and a savory-sweet gouda flavor that will be a perfect match for these tough brews.