Whether you’re trying to impress your friends at the bar or you’re an avid beer drinker, Greg Nagel ofOCbeerblog.comand our weekly Brewday Monday: Craft Beer 101 Q&A will give you something to talk about.
Q: What pairs better with cheese, beer or wine?
A: The short answer is both, but I’ve heard an argument recently that too good to not share: Beer is actually closely related to cheese. Picture these parallels:
– Cow, sheep, goats chew grain. Breweries mill grain.
– Animal saliva adds enzymes while chewing to break down the starch in grain. Breweries denature enzymes by holding it at certain mash temps.
– Animal stomachs digest the grain. Breweries boil the mash liquid.
– Animal’s milk is fermented to make cheese. Breweries ferment the wort and make beer!
That’s a pretty simplistic view, but you get the idea. Too bad you can’t milk beer out of a goat. I’d have at least three and a strong milkin’ hand.