During a long layover in Denver following my short 2014 New Years trip there with my boyfriend, I found myself drinking a delicious pint of Mojo IPA by Boulder Beer Company and reading a book that was a gift from my mother for Christmas, Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher. Chapter 7 is all about beer style pairings with all types of food, and a lovely inset about cheese caught my eye. My friend and major foodie, Jared Taylor, has a knack for catering his own dinner parties and donating all the left over admission money (prices range from $10 - $25, depending on the meal). I quickly texted him about how we should do a cheese and beer pairing party, and within moments, we already had the framework.
And that was how #Cheezefest was decided upon.
Yes, some amazing decisions come from being a bit busy.
I went through and gathered the tasting notes of these particular beer styles, such as nutty, crisp, chocolatey, sweet or hoppy. Jared and I went to Tony Darts Away in Burbank, which has a suburb beer collection and the best “make your own flight” option in the valley (hands down). Two flights and 8 beers later, we gathered the 6 best styles for a small and intimate cheese & beer pairing party. Jared went to the cheese shop in Silverlake and selected cheeses that had similar notes that would compliment their beer pairing. I found 6 beers made solely in California; my intention of course is that if I am going to be teaching craft beer n0obies about particular styles, I should be as local and craft as possible.
$10 admission covered most of the costs, and that’s okay because I totally overestimated how much beer would be needed (yes, we all got a little drunk). Needless to say, it was a night of education, laughs, and damn good cheese! Can’t wait to do it again, but maybe with more food this time…
Saison Rue by the Bruery: Midnight Moon (goat) - Holland
Angeleno IPA by Angel City Brewery: Beemster (cow) gouda - Holland
Get Up Offa That Brown Ale by Golden Road Brewery: Zamorano (sheep) - Spain
Mission Amber by Mission Brewery: La Marachel (raw cow) - Switzerland
Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean by Stone: Idiazabal (sheep) - Spain
Raspberry Honey Ale by Spanish Peaks Brewing Company: Marscapone (cow) - Trader Joes