Beer and cheese unite!

By JOSH SMITH  |  February 2, 2011

SHIPYARD OLD THUMPER ESA and Aged Asiago: As an aged cheese, Asiago is very aromatic and dry. The distinct nuttiness of the cheese allows it to complement a range of beers, especially those on the maltier side of the spectrum. And while porters and stouts work with certain cheeses, I think beers that are malty but not dark, like Old Thumper and other Extra Strong Bitters (ESB), ensure the cheese isn't lost amidst other flavors.

THOMAS HOOKER BLONDE ALE and Monterey Pepper Jack: As a beer connoisseur I'm required to tell you that spicy foods are not an ideal pairing for its tendency to dull one's palate. However, the spiciness of the pepper and the creaminess of the cheese is just too delicious to pass up. Instead, save it for the end of the night and pair it with a quenching lawnmower beer like Thomas Hooker. With snacks like this, you're going to feel like a winner no matter who prevails in the big game.

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