Grafton Clothbound Cheddar
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The Grafton Village Cheese Clothbound Cheddar has gone through quite a journey in order to be enjoyed by you. It all starts with raw Jersey cow’s milk from select farms up north in the Green Mountain State – where Grafton Cheese has been working out of since 1892. The fresh milk is sourced from local dairy farms, which gives the cheese a high content of butterfat and characteristic nutty flavors. The milk gets the classic milled-curd cheddar treatment, then is wrapped in cheesecloth and matured slowly in Grafton Village Cheese's caves. The result is a crumbly-creamy wheel, redolent of hazelnuts, apricots, perfectly browned toast, and meaty mushrooms. Complete the Grafton’s voyage with a celebratory glass of Oloroso Sherry or an off-dry Riesling.
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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.
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.
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.