Kirkham's Lancashire Mature
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There is only one true Lancashire cheese in the world, only one that's a raw milk, farmstead wheel, and this is it. Made by Graham Kirham in Goosnargh, England, Kirham's Lancashire has a buttery crumble and layers of flavor, from fresh cut grass to bright yogurt to earthy minerality. This extra-aged version is even punchier than Graham's standard style, with notes of horseradish and spring onion coming through up front. For fans of British cheese, it doesn't get more authentic than this.
Just the Facts
BourbonThink: Caramelly, crystalline cheeses have the strength to stand up to bolder booze. With sweet bourbon, these cheeses become almost like dessert.
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.
Porters and StoutsPorter, Stout, Imperial Stout
Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and Stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though: dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body, or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.
Pair with: A mild, creamy blue like Cambozola Black.