by Cheese Cupid
April has begun. Spring is in the air. What better way to start off the new season than with a bock beer as our Wisconsin Cheese Cupid Pairing of the Week? This week’s pairing is Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.
Classified as “spring beers,” bocks have a long history of being brewed by Bavarian monks during the religious season of Lent. Shiner Bock has a deep amber color and a thin head, with a grainy smell and taste and a hint of caramel. This bock has an overall light, mellow mouthfeel, with little bitter aftertaste.
Pair a pint of Shiner Bock with German-influenced Wisconsin Cheeses, such as Klondike Cheese Company Brick, Chalet Cheese Cooperative Country Castle Limburger, and Holland’s Family Farm Marieke Gouda, plain or smoked.
Klondike Cheese Company is a fourth-generation cheese company that’s home to three Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. Located in Monroe, Wisconsin, Klondike Cheese Company gets the milk for its cheeses from 85 nearby family farms. Though best known for its distinct Feta Cheese, Klondike Cheese Company makes delicious Muenster and Brick Cheeses. Brick Cheese, a Wisconsin original, is a sweet and pungent cheese. It is a perfect cheese on dark bread – add some onions and pair with a Shiner Bock. Heavenly.
Chalet Cheese Cooperative is a farmer-owned co-op in Green County, Wisconsin. Founded in 1885, Chalet Cheese Cooperative and its Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers have won numerous national and international awards. As the only U.S. producer of Limburger, under the brand Country Castle Limburger, Chalet Cheese Cooperative is nationally acclaimed. Limburger is well-known for its strong odor. When the cheese is first produced it is firm and crumbly, similar to Feta, but within six weeks of production Limburger becomes softer along the edges though is still chalky near the center. Once it is aged for two months, the cheese is creamy and smooth and at three months, the cheese’s pungent odor becomes present. This cheese is often enjoyed in a Limburger sandwich – rye bread, raw onion, and Limburger Cheese. Another delicious sandwich to enjoy with a Shiner Bock.
Holland’s Family Farm, located in Thorp, Wisconsin, is a first-generation Wisconsin dairy farm established in 2002. The farm’s Gouda Cheese, Marieke Gouda, is a very popular Wisconsin-based Gouda Cheese, and although it has only been produced for three years, has already won numerous awards. The cheese is produced in several flavors – the plain or smoked varieties are best alongside a Shiner Bock.