5 Cheeses to Pair with Cider

5 Cheeses to Pair with Cider

Autumn is fast approaching, so we'd like to take a moment to discuss one of our favorite beverages to enjoy with cheese: cider. Artisan ciders have come a long way from their cloyingly sweet ancestors. Today's offerings include a wide range of dry, tart, and even funky ciders. 

The palate-cleansing effervescence and acidity make them an ideal companion to cheese. Here are 5 of our favorite cheeses to enjoy with cider. 

Cider and Cheese Pairings

1. Le Pommier Camembert

This classic Camembert has a little bit of earthy funk and a luscious, creamy texture. It comes from Normandy, a region as famous for its cheese as it is for its cider orchards. It's a match made in heaven, a pairing that proves that what grows together goes together.

Cider and Cheese Pairings

2. Harbison from Jasper Hill Farm

One of our favorite cheeses year-round, we especially love this bark-wrapped cheese in the autumn. The rich mouthfeel and woodsy flavor profile make for an exceptional pairing with craft cider. Look for one that's unfiltered, which will tease out the complex notes in this Vermont cheese.

Cider and Cheese Pairings

3. Bandaged Cheddar from Bleu Mont Dairy

Cheddar and apples are a fool-proof pairing, and this coupling takes it to the next level. A dry, crumbly cheddar like this clothbound Wisconsin classic is a perfect counterpoint to a fruity cider with a creamy mouthfeel. We love how they match with the earthy notes in bandaged cheddars.

Cider and Cheese Pairings

4. Lamb Chopper from Cypress Grove

We love the nutty sweetness of an aged sheep's milk cheese. Lamb Chopper is especially creamy, which works well with the effervescence in cider. Try it with a funky cider from the Basque region, which creates a long, savory finish when paired with sheep's milk cheeses.

Cider and Cheese Pairings

5. Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery

Wrapped in pear brandy-soaked Syrah leaves, this ephemeral blue is made for pairing with festive beverages. It only comes out in the winter months, but it's worth the wait. With a luxurious texture and gentle boozy flavors, Rogue River Blue is exceptionally delicious alongside pear cider. 



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September

The Maine Cheese Festival
Sunday, September 8th
Pittsfield, Maine 

A gathering of over 25 Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers coupled with brewers, wineries, cideries, food trucks, and artisans offering up their goods to sample and enjoy. The festival is a fundraiser  for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization that works year-round to educate Maine cheesemakers and elevate the quality of Maine cheese and dairy.

SF Cheese Fest
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Sand Francisco, California
California’s premier urban cheese festival features more than 20 of the state’s artisan cheesemakers showcasing their cheeses. Sip on local beverages, enjoy  live music, and meet some of the best cheesemakers in the area.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
Saturday, September 14th
Seattle, Washington
This annual festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and try out their products! Tickets include all cheese samples and three drink tickets.

Lakeridge Winery’s Wine & Cheese Festival
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Clermont, Florida
Come for a complimentary wine tasting with samples of cheese to pair while enjoying live music, Lakeridge wine by the glass, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food available for purchase.

Slow Food Cheese Festival
Wednesday, September 18th - Wednesday, September 25th
Bra, Italy
Eat, drink and learn about cheese, wine, charcuterie, bread and pasta at the world’s biggest international foodie event. Held in the Piemonte countryside, farmers, cheesemakers, cheesemongers and affineurs take over the streets of Bra to celebrate the best cheeses in the world.

October

American Cheese Month
All month
Nationwide
Cheese lovers nationwide honor domestic wedges and wheels with classes, specials, tastings, and more. Ask your local cheese shop how they’re celebrating American cheese, or host a tasting yourself.

The Wedge
Saturday, October 5th
Portland, Oregon
A Farmers Market-style event celebrating cheese and the foods/beverages that pair with it. Sample and shop local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider, or learn a little at a class or seminar.

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo
Sunday, October 13
Riverbank, CA
An annual tasting event that features locally produced artisanal cheeses, wines, and craft beers. Everything is individually chosen to highlight the best of the region.  

Cheesefest Australia
Saturday October 26th to Sunday October 27th
Adelaide, South Australia 
Australia’s biggest Cheese Festival and only Fermentation Festival has been combined into one event. Celebrate cheese and wine with all things fermented. Enjoy free cooking demos, guided tastings, and lots of snacks, too.

November

Massachusetts Cheese Festival
Saturday, November 2nd 
Somerville, Massachusetts
Sample and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods and meet some of Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers at this event that features educational sessions with local cheese experts.

The Global Cheese Technology Forum 
Tuesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 7th 
Reno, Nevada
This biennial event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking.

Cheese Berlin
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th 
Berlin, Germany
This annual fest in Berlin’s Markthalle Neun is driven by a Slow Food ethos; it’s a great spot to sample artisanal and traditional wheels from throughout Europe.

Grant Park Wine and Cheese Fest
Saturday, November 9th
Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss Grant Park Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Festival in Historic Grant Park. Featuring locally made wine and delectable cheese to pair it with, there should be something for everyone to enjoy!  

Cheese Festa
Monday, November 11th
Tokyo, Japan
Did you know that this will be Japan’s 27th year celebrating a national Cheese Day? Explore the country’s elusive cheese scene at this annual festival. 

Fête des Fromage
Wednesday, November 13th, Friday November 15th to Saturday November 16th
New Orleans, Louisiana
Back for a second year, Fête des Fromages, otherwise known as the NOLA Cheese Fest, is a celebration of all things cheese set against the backdrop of the culinary mecca of New Orleans. Taste more than 150 cheeses and meet cheesemakers from around the world on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. 


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