At Stewart Brewing we love to host brewery tours and events. We love to welcome our friends and we love to share our beers. Turns out, Liz Gibbon of Edinburgh Cheese Tasting feels exactly the same way about cheese. So much like beer and cheese matching, teaming up with Liz seemed like a winning combination.
Our first beer and cheese matching evening was held on January 28th in the brewery’s Craft Beer Kitchen. Thirty discerning beer and cheese fans – some more in favour of one than the other – gathered with their pals and partners to sample six varieties of each. There was a lot of banter and focussed sampling. Brewer Margaux told us about yeast and carbonation; Liz introduced us to the terms ‘goaty’ and ‘cow bum’ as cheese descriptors. Jonny led a brewery tour and a good time was had by all.
In case you fancy re-creating the event for yourself, take a trip to IJ Mellis, where Liz got the cheese, then head to Stewart’s brewery shop for some beer. Here’s what we had:
- Pils (4.7%) light, Czech style lager & Durrus Irish semi-firm cow’s cheese
- Hollyrood (5.0%) hoppy pale ale & sharp Barwhey’s Ayrshire cheddar
- Saison des Pluies (4.9%) slightly sour farmhouse ale & Landanna Rosso semi-soft Dutch goat’s cheese
- First World Problems (6.2%) Belgian yeast IPA & Gorwydd Caerphilly – with a ‘mushroomy’ rind!
- St Giles (5.0%) sweet malty Scotch ale & crumbly Hebridean blue
- Cauld Reekie (6.2%) rich, superior stout & creamy Lanark blue
It was widely agreed that the Hollyrood pairing and the Cauld Reekie & Lanark blue were the finest combinations. You could also try swapping the Cauld Reekie with our beer of the month, Selene oatmeal stout.
If you missed this event, fear not. There are plans in the works to run more beer and cheese tastings this year, including a weekly event in August. Keep an eye on this blog and social media for more information. In the interim, Stewart’s have two other events coming up:
Women in Brewing – March 8th
Join us at Stewart Brewing on International Women’s Day for a free networking event and talks from five guest speakers to celebrate females in the brewing industry.
Edinburgh Beer Festival – April 16th
Following the success of our Summer Beer and Food Festival in August we’re dusting off the marquee this spring to host our second big-scale shindig. Say hello to Edinburgh Beer Festival, Midlothian & the city’s newest dedicated craft beer festival.
See you soon!