Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda
Perfecting the craft since 1912, Maple Leaf, the Wisconsin farmer cooperative makes this creamy Gouda with real smoky flavor from Hickory. First they start with the pasteurized milk from neighboring farms, and then they allow extra acidification to occur so that the tanginess is still perceptible through the smoke. A delicate smokiness gives away to a pleasantly light, umami bacon flavor. Further aging allows the smoke to permeate through to the core, making it perfect for burgers and a pilsner or adding a smoky kick to mac and cheese.
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.
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.