George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” ... and good beer. Ok, I may have added that last part. With Saint Patrick's Day quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking of a way I can incorporate two of my favorite things, beer and cheese, into our celebration. What better way to do that than with a pairing of classic Irish beers and Irish cheeses. Finding the perfect pairing might seem intimidating, but it's actually much easier than you think. The best way to find your perfect cheese and beer pairing is to start by matching intensity and then experiment with different combinations of flavor and texture. I’ll get you started with some of my favorite combinations below!
A) CONWAY’S IRISH ALE + KERRYGOLD DUBLINER
The full-bodied caramel malt flavors of this Irish ale are just the ticket when matched with the sweet, nutty, and piquant taste of Dubliner.
B) SMITHWICK’S IRISH ALE + TIPPERARY CHEDDAR WITH PORTER
Smithwick’s light, malty sweetness is perfection when paired with the tangy and chocolaty notes of this porter-infused Cheddar.
C) HARP LAGER + OSCAR WILDE CHEDDAR
The light, crisp grassiness and lingering malt flavor of this lager are the perfect juxtaposition for the sharp, bold, and slightly fruity flavors of the Oscar Wilde Cheddar.
D) GUINNESS + CASHEL BLUE
Stouts can smooth out a sharp Cheddar or counter an especially salty blue cheese like the Cashel Blue.
Ship some of your favorite Irish cheeses with our Irish Cheddar Pairing!