Grab a cold one because it’s time to celebrate National Beer Day! On this day in 1933 the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted, legalizing the sale of beer in the United States for the first time in 13 years. Nearly 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed that day marking the beginning of the end of prohibition and an annual celebration for years to come.
In Wisconsin, (and let’s face it, every state) nothing goes better with a cold beer than cheese. Here are five ways to celebrate National Beer Day with cheese:
1. Host a Beer & Cheese Pairing Party
The effervescence of beer cleanses your pallet, making it easier to identify the unique flavors in a beer and cheese pairing. Generally speaking, strong cheese complements strong beer, but a strong, salty cheese can also contrast well with a milder beer. Some of our favorite parings include:
Lager + Wisconsin Baby Swiss
Lagers are fragrantly hoppy, with sweet, grassy notes and a golden hue. They have a crisp taste that pairs excellently with a semi-soft, buttery Wisconsin baby Swiss. Baby Swiss is made with whole milk, and is a bit richer than traditional Swiss. It’s creamy with a slightly sweet flavor.
Porter + Wisconsin Smoked Gouda
A porter is a dark brew made with specially roasted dark malts and top-fermenting yeast. Porters are typically medium bodied, highly hopped and have a thick, creamy head. With notes of chocolate and coffee, a pint of porter pairs best with a bold cheese like Wisconsin smoked gouda. Pick out an aged wedge to guarantee a firmer texture and full-bodied taste.
Bock + Wisconsin Brick
Classified as “spring beers,” bocks have a long history of being brewed by Bavarian monks during Lent. Bocks usually have a deep amber color and a thin head, with a grainy aroma and taste and a hint of caramel. Bocks match up deliciously with German-influenced Wisconsin brick cheese. Brick has a full, earthy flavor that has just a touch of nuttiness when young but turns pungent and tangy when aged.
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2. Make a Classic Cheddar Beer Fondue
You already know beer and cheese make a great pair so why not combine the two in a pot of creamy Wisconsin Cheddar Beer Fondue? Sliced apples, French bread, and broccoli and cauliflower florets are perfect for dipping.
3. Treat Guests to a Horseradish-Cheddar Beer Cheese Spread
This easy to make spread combines horseradish with Wisconsin cheddar cheese, cream cheese, bacon and pale ale for an addictive dip everyone will enjoy. Pair it with pretzel crisps or your favorite savory snack.
4. Start Your Meal with a Beer Cheese Soup
Beer Cheese Soup is a favorite among Wisconsinites. Try it and you’ll know why.
5. Snack on Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds
These curds are battered in buttermilk and lager then fried until golden brown. They are the perfect snack with any style of beer.
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