Hazelnut Brown Ale and Sternschnuppe Cheese
Wednesday 11 November 2015 — Category: Cooking & Food
Cheese Bar — see Specialty Food Shopping In Portland for details of my first stop there — I bought two more cheeses which I had never tried before. Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise is a French Alpine style cheese made in Vermont, USA. Sternschnuppe (Shooting Star) is produced in Isny, Germany, near the borders of Switzerland and Austria.
Even though I tried samples at the Cheese Bar before I purchased these two cheeses, it wasn’t until I got home and ate some more that I noticed that the Sternschnuppe cheese has a noticeable walnut taste. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but neither is it particularly my cup of tea.
Just this past week I was struck with the idea that this nut-flavored cheese would pair well with a nut-flavored beer I happened to have on hand. Like the cheese, I had not noticed the distinct hazelnut taste of Rogue Brewery’s award-winning Hazelnut Brown Ale until I had bought some to enjoy at home. And just like nut-flavored cheese is not really my thing, I don’t think nut-flavored beer is either.
As I was saying, a few days ago it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps the Sternschnuppe cheese and the Hazelnut Brown Ale belonged together. After giving it a go, I found that it was true ... these two nut-flavored foods do pair well. I didn’t have any on hand, but I could imagine that a sesame-based cracker, like Carr’s Table Water Toasted Sesame Crackers or Trader Joe’s Savory Thin Mini Crackers would make an excellent companion.
A match made in heaven? Perhaps. Or maybe it was merely a down-to-earth match made in my kitchen. Either way, it was pretty good, in a nutty sort of way!