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Full Sail Beer and Cheese Pairing at Urbane

Five dishes for $17, no reservations required.

July 29, 2010

Beer and cheese, an easy pair.

On August 27, Urbane is throwing a beer and cheese party from 5 to 9pm, and it’s a pretty good deal: For $17, you get five cheese-based dishes paired with beers from Full Sail Brewery, an Oregon craft brewer whose expertly balanced ESB is a fridge staple chez moi.

No need to make reservations with Urbane or arrive on time, just show up between 5 and 9 and start sampling.

A thought on beer pairings: I love beer—with pizza, with spicy food, with nachos, on it’s own—but if we’re really talking palate talk, I have experienced few beer pairings that came close to a really good wine pairing. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m saying it’s difficult to do. Cheese, however, is an exception. Cheese and beer make for easy pairing, as any Belgian will tell you.

A thought on wine versus beer when pairing cheese at home: I like to think about where my cheese came from. Wisconsin and Vermont are beer-making meccas, and Wisconsin and Vermont cheddars tastes great with beer.

If the cheese is St Marcellin from the Rhone region of France, however, it’s Chateauneuf du Pape o’clock. Though, come to think of it, St Marcellin would probably taste pretty good with beer….

Have fun at the party.

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