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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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. 

December

10th Annual Crucolo Parade
Thursday, December 5th
Concord, Massachusetts
See the largest wheel of Italian Cheese in the Western Hemisphere as it arrives on a horse-drawn cart accompanied by music, dancing, proclamations, and of course — sampling!

Cheese Fest UK
Saturday, December 7th
Bath, United Kingdom
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders. 

Say Cheese Wine Trail
Saturday, December 14th - Sunday, December 15th
Hermann, Missouri
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually the second weekend of December, this event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market. 

The Most Decadent New Year's Eve! @ Murray's Cheese
Tuesday, December 31st
New York, New York
Ring in the new year by sipping on Champagne and enjoy a tasting of  foie gras, caviar, honest-to-goodness truffles, and of course, the best cheeses Murray’s have to offer, some of which are so special that they're only available during the holidays!

 

January Events

Cheesemonger Invitational 
Monday, January 13
San Francisco, California  
The “Olympics of cheesemongering” returns. This event honors cheesemongers by putting them center stage in a unique competition that showcases their technical skills, encyclopedic knowledge, and passionate salesmanship. 

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop
Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17
Hartford, Connecticut
This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in the development process. 

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest
Saturday, January 18
Madison, Wisconsin
Meet and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. 

Dairy Forum 2020
Sunday, January 26th - Wednesday, January 29th
Scottsdale, Arizona
IDFA’s Dairy Forum is the premier event for dairy food executives to connect with other industry leaders, advance their knowledge, and to discover new perspectives on issues that are important to our industry. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene to explore, discover, and experience the POWER OF DAIRY. 

National Cheese Lover’s Day 
Monday, January 20
Everywhere
Celebrate the curd and enjoy some cheese! It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in an old favorite or enjoy something new.


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