The festive season has begun! We love warming up the kitchen on a cool night, settling in, and sharing great beers and cheeses with our family and friends. Whether you are putting together an extravagant cheese board for Thanksgiving, or planning to serve just one, perfect, gem-like cheese, we have lot of great suggestions for you.
A PAIR TO SHARE
Our neighbors at Transmitter Brewing have partnered with Vermont’s Jasper Hill Farm for an extremely tasty, limited-edition cheese! Jasper Hill washes their semi-soft little cow milk wheels of Willoughby with Transmitter’s H1, a farmhouse ale aged in oak with zinfandel grapes, for a buttery, bready flavor with a touch of grape aromas. Not only is it delicious on its own, but it pairs great with a glass of H1.
MORE NEW CHEESE
Our favorite blue cheese is available only seasonally, and Rogue River Blue season has arrived! A spicy, crumbly, moist blue from Oregon is hand-wrapped in grape leaves macerated in pear brandy for a fruity, woodsy, complex flavor.
A recent visit to upstate New York’s Nettle Meadow Farm inspired a special order of Briar Summit, a soft and mild pyramid-shaped cheese made from sheep, goat and cow milk, and infused with raspberry leaf tea. Nettle Meadow is an animal sanctuary as well as a dairy farm and cheese plant: all of their animals are lovingly tended to (the owners know all of their names, over 400 of them!) and they live out their natural lives dining on grass, grains and herbs – including that yummy raspberry leaf.
Cochran Farm 1790 is another upstate cheesemaker you’ve seen on our shelves before. They have a new goat milk cheese named Oriskany: a soft, large format cheese with a cake-like interior and a gooey creamline towards the rind. The flavors balance citrusy sweetness with earthy muskiness – a must-try for goat milk fans.
Looking for the perfect beers to share with Thanksgiving dinner? Libertine Central Coast Saison is a great option. Wild-fermented and aged in oak, this ale is effervescent and lightly tart, perfect for pairing with rich fall foods and lots of butter.
Mikkeller has delivered a special holiday brew: No Thanks Given. A porter brewed with just a little pumpkin and tart cranberry, this beer upends all the familier pumpkin beer tropes.
For dessert, bust out the new collaboration between Evil Twin and Westbrook Brewing. They’ve remixed and combined the recipes for their special imperial stouts, yielding an intense dark ale with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa, vanilla and habaneros. If that’s not a big enough mouthful for you, it’s called Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break.
CIDER FOR THE TABLE
Cider is another great and traditional option for serving with Thanksgiving dinner. From the county of Queens, Descendant English Kills is an excellent turkey option: rich, tannic and dry; aged for 10 months and unfiltered.
We have two lovely options from Slyboro Cider House in upstate New York: Kingston Black is made from a single apple variety and the flavor is ever so slightly spicy and fruity, with a crisp finish. Their Black Currant Hard Cider is slightly sweeter and more tart, and highly quaffable.
However you celebrate we hope you have a most HAPPY THANKSGIVING!