Beer and Cheese: The Perfect Pair
Beer and cheese have a lot of similarities: they've recently made comebacks in the world of artisanal craft, they're traditionally made by monks, and, well, they're delicious. It's no surprise that they're a match made in heaven! Beer aficianado Bill Howell delves into the history and science behind beer and cheese and explains why they are the perfect compliment to each other.
All cheeses have fat and salt, while all beers have alcohol and carbonation. The fat in cheese coats the mouth, giving the perception of richness, while the salt adds to that perception and heightens flavor. The alcohol in beer cuts through that fat, while the lively carbonation cleanses the palate, contrasting nicely with the perceived richness. Since almost all wines lack carbonation, they lack beer’s ability to cleanse the palate and ready it for further tasting.
Photo by Elaine Howell