Editors’ Picks: Beer-Washed Cheeses

There are times when two of our favorite things in the world collide in a kind of delicious gestalt, greater than the sum of its parts—so it is with beer-washed cheeses. Here are three that we love.

Jamie Bogner Jan 31, 2021 - 2 min read

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Caputo Brothers Creamery Perpetual Beer Cheese

“Dry hopped” milk is the secret to the light tropical and citrus notes that add a curiously contemporary twist to this beer cheese made with Tröegs Perpetual IPA. A light touch of bitterness comes through, balanced by the creaminess in the cheese, but the Citra hops shine through with bright fruit notes.

The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm Hartwell

Washed with lees (yeast and fermentation sediment) from Vermont’s Shacksbury Cider, Hartwell has distinct umami-earthy notes that play against the fruity tang and a bit of barnyard-style funk. It will hold up to your mixed-fermentation farmhouse ale, and then some.

Baetje Farms Beer Washed Vallée

This 100-percent goats’ milk Reblochon-style cheese is washed in Boulevard’s Whiskey Barrel Stout, a luxurious choice that imparts an earthy sweetness to the expected creaminess. That touch of smoky char even evokes a bit of bacon. Pair with an imperial stout or barrel-aged barleywine for the height of decadence.

Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].