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.

A Wayward Party

A Wayward Party

David | Blog | June, 28 2012 | No Comment

Last Saturday I was invited to a party at the home of Dan and Mary Luksetich in Manhattan, Ill. It’s also the home of Wayward Brewing Co., Dan’s homebrewing enterprise that is morphing into a nano brewery.  To celebrate, Dan hosted a tasting over the weekend, and asked me to come and pair some cheeses with [...]

Solera Barrel has Been Filled

Solera Barrel has Been Filled

David | Blog | June, 27 2012 | No Comment

A couple weeks back I told readers about the solera project that a group of us Chicago-area homebrewers have become involved in. Well now I can report that the beer is in the solera. On Sunday we met at the home of chief instigator Brian Buckman in the Avondale neighborhood.  Seven batches of beer based [...]

Beerfly Fights and Soleras

Beerfly Fights and Soleras

David | Blog | June, 11 2012 | No Comment

Wasn’t Chicago Craft Beer Week so much fun!  One of the events I participated in was the Beerfly Alleyfight at the Drinking and Writing Theater at Haymarket Brewery and Pub. With a little help from my brew partners, (and with the ingredients provided by the organizers), I made a spectacular Kolsch-style beer. My friend and [...]

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