One hint that might clue you in to this cheese's deliciousness is the nickname it's earned over the years: a brick of gold. Crafted high in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, these squares of raw cow's milk get washed with a brine throughout their 3 month aging period in order to develop baked potato-like, bacony flavors and delightfully pudgy, springy texture. The magic is all in the fabulous milk that makes up this brick of tastiness. It's collected among a group of eco-conscious farmers who linked up in 1998 to make organic cheeses in the interest of respecting the land and sustainability. Even today, the operation functions harmoniously: where these seven farmers contribute the milk that respected cheesemaker, Evelyn Wild, then uses to make incredible cheeses like Backsteiner and her better-known Adelegger. Wash this German masterpiece down with a Sour Ale, or a Riesling to honor the great land it came from.
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RieslingThis food-friendly wine ranges from super sweet to quite dry. Acidity, minerality, and aromas of tropical fruit are almost always present.
Dry: Characterized by bracing acidity and stark minerality. Tropical fruit on the nose, stunningly balanced flavor overall.
Pair with: This versatile wine works equally well with a fresh chevre (bringing out acidity) as it does a stinker like Willoughby (playing up the sweet/salty contrast).
Sweet: The other end of the spectrum offers a cloyingly sweet, syrupy wine. Aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruit dominate, along with floral, perfumed accents.
Pair with: With something this strong it’s best to contrast the sweetness with something funky or salty: A pungent washed rind like Grayson or a punchy blue like Bleu du Bocage.
RoséWe love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.
Wheat BeersWheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit