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. 3: CALIFORNIA UPSTARTS

PAIRING NO. 3: CALIFORNIA UPSTARTS

David | Blog | March, 29 2010 | 1 Comment

On Friday I paired a Belgian-style Wit from The Bruery, in suburban Los Angeles, with an aged goat cheese from Bohemian Creamery, Bodega Bay, North of San Francisco. Both companies are less than three years old, and both are making fantastic products.   Wit beer (a.k.a. Belgian white, or biere blanche) is one of my favorite beer [...]

VERMONT'S PRODIGAL BREWER

VERMONT’S PRODIGAL BREWER

David | Blog | March, 26 2010 | 1 Comment

Shaun Hill won’t make it to Chicago for the Craft Brewers Conference in April. He will most likely be up to his armpits in a mash tank, racing toward the May opening of Hill Farmstead Brewery, in Greensboro, Vt. If have the slightest interest in artisan cheese, dateline Greensboro should ring a bell for you. [...]

CHAMPION CHEESES AND YODELING

CHAMPION CHEESES AND YODELING

David | Blog | March, 24 2010 | No Comment

I wasn’t able to visit/report on the World Cheese Championship last week, but there is an excellent post from Cheese Underground that includes a video of Willi Lehner’s yodeling. A few years ago I might have described the World Cheese Championship, organized by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, as kind of stodgy old-school competition, at [...]

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