Participants of our BBC13 pre-confernece excursion are in for a cheesy, wonderful start to their Beer Bloggers Conference experience; they’re headed to the Cabot Farmer’s Annex in Portland Maine for a beer and cheese pairing reception.
Cabot Creamery, a certified B Corp, is a cooperative of 1200 dairy farmers throughout New York and New England employing over 1000 individuals. Beer bloggers will convene at the Portland Farmer’s Annex, a cheese tasting and retail shop, where they will get to sample an assortment of Cabot cheeses paired with Geary’s beer – a local Portland craft brewer.
Cabot produces a wide variety of award winning cheddar cheeses, in addition to having a line of greek yogurt and various other dairy-based products. Just some of the cheese beer bloggers may get to try are:
- 3 Year Old Cheddar
- Farmhouse Reserve White Cheddar
- Garlic & Herb Cheddar
- Smoky Bacon Cheddar
A lot of focus is paid to the pairing of wine with cheese, but everyone knows that beer and cheese is better together! Beer and cheese also shares a rich history together. Ever hear of a “Ploughman’s Lunch”? The term is English, and because both beer and cheese are traditionally farmhouse made products, it refers to farmers who’s regularly imbibed on beer, cheese, and cold meats after a long hard day in their fields.
When it comes to pairing beer with cheese, the general rule of thumb is “just try it!”, but if you like a little structure in your life, then there are a few resources for you. Cabot’s website has a dedicated page to help you pair their cheese with beer, and CraftBeer.Com also has this handy little beer and cheese pairing guide.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative is a supporter of this year’s Beer Bloggers Conference and host of the Pre-Conference excursion for approximately 50 of this year’s attendees.