4 Must-Try Beer Pairings for This Fall

4 Must-Try Beer Pairings for This Fall

It’s officially time for hayrides, picnics, and pumpkin picking. That’s right: it’s fall, y’all! So whether you’re celebrating Halloween, Oktoberfest, or just the magic of everyone’s favorite season, we’ve got cheese and beer pairings that will make you feel like you’re snuggled up in your coziest sweater.

Read on to learn about some of our favorite Wisconsin Cheeses and the beers that pair so well with them. (Fair warning, though: you may need to eat some cheese immediately after. Sorry, not sorry.)

Amber Ale and Hook’s 5-year Cheddar

If there’s any beer that’s perfectly suited for savoring after a day picking apples at the local orchard, it would be an amber ale. This brilliantly balanced beer is an easy-sipper that goes grate with a variety of cheeses, especially Hook’s 5-year Cheddar.

With the crowd-cheesing richness of a classic cheddar, it’s aged longer to enhance the complexity and tang. When paired with an amber ale, the result is a nutty, toffee-like combination that’s truly sophisticated—and hard to put down. Serve with some freshly picked apples for a palate cleanser that tastes just like autumn.

Pumpkin Ale and Carr Valley Glacier Penta Creme Blue

Is there anything more seasonal than pumpkin ale? Brimming with warm spices and just a hint of toasty malt, you’ll forget all about those PSLs. This beer is best served on a chilly Halloween night. If your All Hallows Eve is filled with cheese—as any proper holiday celebration should be—pumpkin ale is a must-try with Carr Valley’s Glacier Penta Creme Blue.

This award-winning blue cheese is for any blue lover out there, boasting waves of rich flavor with a clean finish that complements the sweet and spicy notes of the ale. A spooktacularly-flavorful combination that’s complex and balanced, this duo is the ideal companion for your annual “Hocus Pocus” viewing.

Kolsch and Cedar Grove Traditional Butterkäse

If you can’t make it to one of Wisconsin’s many Oktoberfests, then bring the celebration right to your kitchen with this inspired pairing. Butterkäse (translated literally as “butter cheese”) is an extremely popular cheese originating in Germany and Austria brought to Wisconsin by immigrants. So why is it called butter cheese?

Well, as the name suggests, butterkäse is indulgently creamy and smooth, yet subtle enough that you’ll keep coming back for more. When you pair Cedar Grove’s traditional cheese with a crisp, fruity, refreshing Kolsch—the champagne of the beer world—you’ll be yelling “Prost!” with every bite.

So put on your lederhosen or a dirndl, cook up some bratwurst, and it’ll be just like you’re in one of the Big Tents in Munich – or something like that.

Porter and Edelweiss Emmentaler

Take a virtual trip to the Alps to celebrate the autumnal equinox with a classic swiss cheese pairing. Made in Wisconsin with the freshest milk, Edelweiss Creamery’s Emmentaler is crafted in the traditional Swiss cheesemaking style using imported copper vats.

Under the watchful eye of Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman, something beautiful happens as the milk are curds are stirred – microscopic copper particles attach to the cheese, causing a reaction that gives it a rich, nutty flavor. We love pairing alpine-style cheeses, like Emmentaler, with a porter beer as the dark, malty bitterness plays well with the cheese’s acidity.

This complex combination is so gouda you’ll be spinning in your living room singing “the hills are alive.” (Ok, that’s Austria, but we couldn’t pass up a good Sound of Music reference.)


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