It’s officially time for hayrides, picnics, and pumpkin
picking. That’s right: it’s fall, y’all! So whether you’re celebrating
Halloween, Oktoberfest, or just the magic of everyone’s favorite season, we’ve
and beer pairings that will make you feel like you’re snuggled up in
your coziest sweater.
Read on to learn about some of our favorite Wisconsin
Cheeses and the beers that pair so well with them. (Fair warning, though: you
may need to eat some cheese immediately after. Sorry, not sorry.)
Amber Ale and Hook’s 5-year Cheddar
If there’s any beer that’s perfectly suited for
savoring after a day picking apples at the local orchard, it would be an amber
ale. This brilliantly balanced beer is an easy-sipper
that goes grate with a variety of cheeses, especially Hook’s 5-year Cheddar.
With the crowd-pleasing richness of a classic cheddar, Hook's 5-year Cheddar is aged longer to enhance its complexity and tang. When paired
with an amber ale, the result is a nutty, toffee-like combination that’s truly
sophisticated—and hard to put down. Serve with some freshly picked apples for a
palate cleanser that tastes just like autumn.
Pumpkin Ale and Carr Valley Glacier Penta Crème Blue
Is there anything more seasonal than pumpkin ale? Brimming
with warm spices and just a hint of toasty malt, you’ll feel wrapped in cozy autumnal bliss. This beer is delightful fun to serve on a chilly Halloween night. If your
All Hallows Eve is filled with cheese—as any proper holiday celebration should
be—pumpkin ale is a must-try with Carr Valley’s Glacier Penta Crème Blue.
This award-winning blue
cheese is for any blue lover out there as it boasts waves of
rich flavor with a clean finish that complements the sweet and spicy notes of
the ale. A spooktacularly-flavorful combination that’s complex and balanced, this
duo is the ideal companion for your annual “Hocus Pocus” viewing.
Kölsch and Cedar Grove Traditional Butterkäse
If you can’t make it to one of Wisconsin’s many Oktoberfests,
then bring the celebration right to your kitchen with this inspired pairing. Butterkäse (translated literally as “butter cheese”) is an extremely popular
cheese originating in Germany and Austria and brought to Wisconsin by immigrants. So
why is it called butter cheese?
Well, as the name suggests, butterkäse is indulgently creamy and smooth, yet subtle enough
that you’ll keep coming back for more. When you pair Cedar
Grove’s traditional cheese with a crisp, fruity, refreshing kölsch—the champagne of the beer world—you’ll be yelling “Prost!” with every
So put on your lederhosen or a dirndl, cook up some bratwurst, and it’ll
be just like you’re in one of the Big Tents in Munich – or something like that.
Porter and Edelweiss Emmentaler
Take a virtual trip to the Alps to celebrate the
autumnal equinox with a classic swiss cheese pairing. Made in Wisconsin with
the freshest milk, Edelweiss
Creamery’s Emmentaler is crafted in the traditional Swiss cheesemaking style using imported
Under the watchful eye of Master
Workman, something beautiful happens as the milk and curds are stirred –
microscopic copper particles attach to the cheese, causing a reaction that gives
it a rich, nutty flavor. We love pairing alpine-style
cheeses, like Emmentaler, with a porter
beer as the dark, malty bitterness plays well with the
This complex combination is so good you’ll be spinning in
your living room singing "The hills are alive.” (Ok, that’s Austria, but we
couldn’t pass up a good "Sound of Music" reference.)
Go forth and pair!
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