Beer and Cheese Pairing
Beer and cheese pairing is one of the best ways to introduce the art of matching your favourite food flavours with your favourite beer.
Believe it or not, there are over 1700 types of cheeses in the world that you can pair with almost 100 styles of beer! A staggering number of combinations to be sure, but some will really shine while others can fall a bit flat.
But fear not, we’ve put together a quick guide to pairing some readily available styles with cheeses you should be able to pick up at your local supermarket.
Beer and Cheese Pairing Guide
Mild Cheddar – England | Cow’s Milk | Buttery, Milky, Subtle
Pairs well with: American Brown Ale, English Brown Ale
Farmhouse Cheddar – England | Cow’s Milk | Smooth
Pairs well with: American IPA, English IPA
Sharp Cheddar – United States | Cow’s Milk | Sharp, Sweet
Pairs well with: American Pale Ale
Chevre – France | Goat’s Milk | Earthy, Tangy, Tart
Havarti – United States | Cow’s Milk | Buttery, Creamy
Pairs well with: Pilsner
Washed-Rind Cheeses (Titlist, Gruyere and Raclette) – France | Cow’s Milk | Nutty, Sharp, Sweet
Pairs well with: Belgian Trappist Ale
Aged Gouda – Netherlands | Cow/Goat/Sheep Milk | Burnt Caramel, Full-Flavoured
Pairs well with: Stout
Aged Swiss – United States | Cow’s Milk | Nutty, Sweet
Pairs well with: Bock Beers
Blue Cheese – International | Cow/Goat/Sheep Milk | Salty, Sharp, Strong
Pairs well with: American IPA, Stout