Perfect Partners – Beer & Cheese March 2014

We tasted six beers,  each of which was carefully paired with a unique cheese by Janice Beaton Fine Cheese. Cheese is in many ways an even better pairing with beer than wine, the effervescence can enliven the cheese while the cheese can highlight some of the beer’s more subtle tones. Our beer and cheese pairings at Kensington Wine Market are some of our most popular tastings.

The beers samples on this evening were:

  1. MOA Estate Methode Pilsner - Moa Methode is a German style pilsner with a high bitterness balanced with a relatively full mouth feel. Citrus hop characters dominate aroma with the presence of fresh bread yeast notes. - $10.09/bottle
  2. New Belgium Fat Tire - Fat Tire is one of the two founding products for New Belgium. This amber ale won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavours coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. – $18.19/6pack
  3. Septem Thursday’s Red Ale - Thursday’s Red Ale is an Irish style red ale based on an English recipe. Aromas of caramel, grass and citrus. The grass and citrus hop bitterness on the palate  is balanced by caramel malt sweetness. – $5.19/bottle
  4. Het Kapittel Watou Dubbel - An abbey style Dubbel brewed by Van Eecke. It has a rich malt aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruit, and spice; flavours of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, and spice, with a faint touch of pleasant bitterness. – $4.69/bottle
  5. Nøgne Ø Imperial Rye Porter - A collaboration with Terrapin Brewing, this Imperial Rye Porter is a dark ale with lots of character. Aromas of chocolate, roasted grains and licorice. The palate shows the chocolate malty sweetness with roasted grain, coffee and licorice. - $9.79/bottle
  6. He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPAHe’Brew commemorates the first anniversary of opening their own brewery after 16 years as a contract brewer. Roasted malt aromas. Hops add piney notes to the aroma with some bitterness on the palate finish. Dark chocolate and nutty notes on the palate. – $7.99/bottle

The Night’s Two Most Popular Beers Were:

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