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Beer and Cheese, A Great Pair, Together At Last

By William Brand
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 at 3:39 pm in Uncategorized.

I’m running late today. I promised in my column this morning I’d post this menu for the cheese and beer tasting at Rogue Ales Public House, 673 Union St. in San Francisco’s North Beach.

Well, it’s still today, Wed, Feb. 8,2006, so here’s the menu. First, the details, it’s sponsored by Rogue Brewing and The Epicurean Connection , a Sonoma company that represents Northern California cheesemakers. However, cheeses here come from a wide area and include Rogue Creamery Chocolate Stout Cheddar. It’s paired, of course, with Rogue Chcolate Stout.

Antother very fine pairing will be Lagunitas Brown Shugga, a stunnning, 9 percent ale, with Fiscallini San Joaquin Gold.
What kind of cheese is that, you ask? Here’s a quote from an article on California craft cheese by the Toronto Globe & Mail:

“(Master cheesemaker)Mariano Gonzalez hand-cuts, stacks and restacks the curds from raw, unpasteurized milk. The 60-pound wheels are bandage-wrapped, turned every day for a month, and aged for two years. “Over time, the cheddar becomes crumbly, darkens into a buttery colour and settles into nutty, caramel flavours that fill the palate without losing their edge. All this on the 1914 Modesto farm where John Fiscallini grew up tending his family’s herd. “Like many other fledgling specialty cheese makers, the Fiscallinis say they’ve yet to see a profit as they try to establish themselves in a state that produces 683 million kilograms of cheese annually… ”

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets: 538-2739.

Hint: If you want to go, reserve a place now. Here we go:

Rogue Ales Imperial Pilsner
Bellwether Farms Crescenza

Bison Brewing Belgian Ale
Harley Farms Monet Chevre

Rogue Ales Dead Guy
Bellwether Farms San Andreas

Russian River Brewing Company

Elk Creamery Camembert

Rogue Ales Mirimoto Soba
Rogue Creamery Mirimoto Soba Cheddar

Rogue Ales Chipolte Ale
Bravo Farms Chipolte Cheddar

Rogue Ales Old Crustacean Barley Wine
Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese

Lagunitas Brewing Company Brown Shugga
Fiscallini San Joaquin Gold

Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout
Rogue Creamery Chocolate Stout Cheddar

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout
Sweet Grass Tome

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