Alemar Cheese Company Good Thunder
Keith Adams, once a finance guy, turned cheesemaker back in 2009 when he transformed his first vat of locally sourced milk into cheese. Based on Old World standards, Pont l'Eveque and Reblochon, Good Thunder is an orange, wrinkly-rind square of dense cream line and creamy paste that spreads wonderfully over torn pieces of fresh bread and sturdy crackers. It's washed with a local Minnesota craft beer, Surly Bender, and picks up funk and smoothness as it ages. And it goes great with malty ales and well-seasoned salami.
A whole piece of Alemar Company Good Thunder is approximately 8 ounces or 1/2 lb.
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CiderBrie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.
English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
Pair with: Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.
Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.
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.
TempranilloMedium-bodied with flavors of cherry, as well as some cranberry which lends bright acidity. Cinnamon and clove spices, and earthy, leathery flavors balance things out.
Wheat BeersWheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit