Jokigen & Ume Shu sake
When I met Barrie Lynn, the Cheese Impresario, back in 2012 and she suggested we do a cheese and sake pairing, to be honest, I thought she was joking. See, at the time of our discussion, we were sitting at a cheese and beer pairing and had been, well, I had been, consuming quite a bit of REALLY spectacular fermentation of both the cheese and alcoholic nature. Adding to my gentle buzz was the awe of being at my first American Cheese Society Conference, and now someone I admired wanted to do some sort of story with me! After assuring me she was serious, Barrie Lynn said she’d call me and arrange the whole thing. Well, not only did I receive a call, I received two bottles of sake, cheese, and instructional emails to do the tasting over the phone, which was both awesome and terrifying, as I had never even tried sake before, let alone heard of pairing it with cheese. What had I gotten myself into? Continue reading
Who’s ready for a Cheese Rally in Raleigh? The American Cheese Society has kicked off its Early Bird registration for ACS members to sign up and attend the annual ACS Cheese Conference in Raleigh, N. Carolina. Members can log on to the ACS website and register for the 4-day event starting on August 1st running through August 4th. Continue reading
While my love of cheese is well known, beer and I have never been particularly good friends. Its taste, smell, and especially the effects it has on my brain after a few bottles has just never my thing. So when I got an invitation from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to attend a cheese and beer pairing at Pura Vida restaurant, I was a bit apprehensive. Was I really the best person to critique the beer offerings being presented by Cleveland’s own Great Lakes Brewing Company? For a chance to rub shoulders with the likes of special guest and Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook, I decided to chance it. Needless to say, I’m glad that I did.
Today the world celebrates the life and death of St. Patrick. Green beer and Guinness will be flowing from the wee hours of the morning to well into the evening hours. For those cheese lovers planning to celebrate, Maris Callahan, writer of In Good Taste of Chicago Now offers an extensive list of cheese and beer tastings sure to please party-goer, Irish or otherwise.
photo: California Milk Advisory Board