Welcome to the Cheese and Cheers Blog. For the most part, the blog is centered on all things related to cheese and beer. It will include regular pairings and pairing panel posts (check every Monday to start) and will occasionally veer off into homebrewing, and reports from the Chicago beer community. Cheese and Cheers director David Phillips will author most of the posts, but watch for the occasional guest, too.

Pairing No. 20: Bijou and Pepe

Pairing No. 20: Bijou and Pepe

David | Blog | March, 23 2013 | No Comment

Look at what I found in the fridge today!  The amazing Bijou from Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, and the equally wonderful Pepe Nero from Goose Island Beer Co.  (a unit of some big company that used to be based in St. Louis). First the beer: Pepe Nero is a black saison-style beer. Goose says [...]

Furthermore Beers Enter Chicago

Furthermore Beers Enter Chicago

David | Blog | February, 13 2013 | 1 Comment

Hearing that another out-of-town brewery is elbowing up to the tap handles in Chicago beer bars is nothing new anymore, but this is one I have been anticipating for a couple of years. I first tasted Furthermore Brewering Company’s Wisconsin-brewed beers back in 2010 and was impressed by what was in the bottle, and even [...]

They Didn't Shoot the Lights Out!

They Didn’t Shoot the Lights Out!

David | Blog | January, 21 2013 | 3 Comments

The Chicago Beer Society held its 15th Annual Brewpub Shootout over the weekend in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, just a few blocks west of where the White Sox play baseball in the summer. Here are a few random thoughts: As organizer Jeff Sparrow noted, it was great to have 5 Rabbit Cerveceria among the 13 breweries [...]

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