Brew by Numbers and The Cheese Tasting Company
IPA vs Cheese - a beer and cheese throwdown
India Pale Ale is a keystone of modern craft beer – providing the jumpstart the American scene needed and helping the UK reclaim its brewing status. However, not all IPAs are alike, and the spectrum of light, strong, pale, dark, fruity, resinous and even savoury characteristics possible across IPA make it an exciting partner for a range of equally varied cheeses. Brew By Number’s Chris Hall has chosen a broad selection of IPAs, including the brewery’s latest Double IPA to pair with a selection of great British cheeses chosen by Ned Palmer of The Cheese Tasting Company. We’ll be trying some national treasures like Cheddar, Stilton and Red Leicester as well as some young upstarts like Edmund Tew, a full on funky washed rind made in London.
This will be an opportunity to learn about some different styles of IPA’s and cheeses, what distinguishes them and how they are made, as well as picking up some ideas for how to match cheese and beers. But as to which cheese goes with which beer, that’s up to you to decide.
With five cheeses from Neals’ Yard Dairy, two sourdough breads from Bread Ahead Bakery and a swathe of IPA’s from Brew By Numbers this will be a workout for the mind and the palate. Don’t eat before you come!