Cheese Cupid Pairing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale


by Cheese Cupid


With spring in full-stride and summer just around the corner, it’s time to bring back those backyard barbecue beer and cheese pairings that we all love and crave during the cold winter months. Thus, without further ado, we present a tall pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and an array of distinctive Wisconsin semi-hard cheeses as your Cheese Cupid pairing this week. Enjoy!

Produced by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a prominent classic-style beer. Made with top-fermenting ale yeast and brewed with Magnum, Perle and Cascade hops, this beer is known for its high notes of maltiness and superior hoppiness. It has a deep amber hue, a full-bodied taste and spicy after-notes, which have lead to several national brewing awards.

Pair this brew with BelGioioso Small Style Provolone, Castle Rock Organic Farms Raw Milk Cheddar and Roth Käse Van Gogh Smoked Natural Gouda at your “cookout season opener.”

Located in Denmark, Wisconsin, BelGioioso Cheese has specialized in all-natural, award-winning Italian-style cheeses for more than 20 years. BelGioioso Small Style Provolone is made from whole cow’s milk and aged at least 60 days. Closely related to Mozzarella, Provolone is distinguishable by its fuller flavors that intensify with age. It goes well with cured meats and the sweetness of tomatoes and late-harvest fruits. These smaller cuts of Provolone are great for gift-giving or snacking on with a cold brew in hand.

Settled in the lush green valleys in Osseo, Wisconsin, Castle Rock Organic Farms concentrates on sustainable artisan cheeses, including Blue Cheese, Colby, Cheese Curds, Cheddar and Raw Milk Cheddar. Castle Rock Organic Farms Raw Milk Cheddar supports key consumers who have a passion for environmentally conscious products and it comes in an array of flavors. Try the Spinach Leek Garlic, Lemon Thyme Ginger, or Black Bean Salsa varieties. If you’re looking for something more traditional, these cheeses also come in Mild, Medium and Sharp. Pair any of these flavors with a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale this week. Don’t forget the crackers!

Originally from Switzerland, the Roth family moved to America in 1911 to start crafting Eurpean-style cheeses in Green County, Wisconsin, now often known as “Little Switzerland.” Roth Käse Van Gogh Smoked Natural Gouda is made by aging the Gouda for six months and then smoking it, which adds the quintessential savory flavor to the cheese.

Make Tavern Beer Cheese with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and one of these delicious semi-hard Wisconsin Cheeses for your first outdoor affair this summer.