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Wisconsin cheese and sake pairing on The Cheese Highway with The Cheese Impresario

Jokigen & Ume Shu sake

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

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Pura Vida hosts Wisconsin Cheese and Great Lakes Brewing Pairing

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.

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