For years now we've been beaten over the head by restaurant experts on how to properly pair wine with our foods. And we've been told that pairing wine with cheese is practically a maxim. But lately, with more and more interest moving toward beer, we've seen a surge in beer paired with food and with cheese. There are now even restaurants where beer is paired with every single dish in multi-course menus. We're here to prove that cheese and beer are meant to be together, specifically Cheddar and ale.
But beer and cheese as buddies isn't anything new. Back in the Middle Ages, Belgian monasteries specialized in producing beer and cheese. The monks not only sold their food products, they also enjoyed them! And to this day Belgians always eat cheeses alongside their beers -- that's just how they roll.
But why is Cheddar and ale the perfect match, you ask? In jolly old England farmers used to eat a hearty lunch, which even today is popular in British pubs. It's called the ploughman's lunch and it consists of Cheddar, pickle, apple, bread and butter and a pint of ale. Whereas wine and cheese paired together often fights for your palate's attention, ale and Cheddar complement one another -- they're both sharp and tangy.
If you're ready to try your hand at pairing cheese and beer or specifically cheddar and ale, take a look through our slideshow. You'll find some very unique ways for enjoying this food pairing. Click here to see some beer pairing recommendations for Cheddar.
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This soup is brimming with bold flavor. It's base begins with a bottle of good ale. Chicken broth rounds out the flavors. Instead of using cream to thicken, the recipe relies on flour and milk. Stir in the Cheddar once the potatoes are cooked and serve with rustic bread. Get the Cheddar-Ale Soup recipe
When you want a crowd-pleasing dip, you can always count on this recipe for chile con queso. It features pale ale and sharp cheddar with chunks of tomatoes and green chiles. For more heat, use Cayenne pepper to your taste. Garnish with chopped scallions and/or cilantro and serve with tortilla chips. Get the Chile con Queso recipe
This oozy, gooey fondue blends German beer with English Cheddar and Swiss Gruyere cheeses for an international take on the classic recipe. Serve with hearty bread such as pumpernickel or rye to match the pungent flavor of the fondue. Get the German Cheddar and Beer Fondue recipe
Nowhere is it written in stone that French onion soup must be made with French wine and cheese. This Irish version swaps the wine in favor of Guinness and uses Irish Cheddar instead of Gruyere. It's the ultimate version of the classic comforting soup. Get the French Onion Soup with Guinness And Cheddar recipe
Wine and cheese get all the headlines, but many cheese lovers think beer is better. We go to Murray's Cheese Shop in New York City and talk to Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver to find out what makes beer and cheese a perfect match.