Beer & Cabot Cheddar Pairings

Whoever thought roasted garlic and herbs would combine delectably with cheddar or flavor specialty beer? Our suggested pairings promise to whet the appetite and bring out the best in your favorite microbrews. Explore the magical worlds of microbrews and Cabot Cheese!

BEER FACTS
BEER GLASSES

Extra Sharp

Style

Pale Ale

Style Characteristics

Light body, nice spicy notes from hops

Local Example

  • - Maine Beer Co. Peeper (ME)

Vermont Sharp

Style

Pilsner or Helles Lager

Style Characteristics

Malt forward, dry

Local Example

  • - Saranac - Adirondack Lager (NY)
  • - Otter Creek - Vermont Lager (VT)
  • - Red Hook - Pilsner (NH)

Smoky Bacon

Style

Porter, Stour or Smoked Beer

Style Characteristics

Smokiness of toasted malts, light body

Local Example

  • - Gritty's Black Fly Stout (ME)
  • - Saranac Black Forest (NY)
  • - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout (VT)

Horseradish

Style

Rye IPA, Double IPA

Style Characteristics

Light body, nice spicy notes from hops

Local Example

  • - Rising Tide - Daymark (ME)
  • - Red Hook - Long Hammer (NH)

Tomato Basil

Style

Porter, Stout or Smoked Beer

Style Characteristics

Smokiness of toasted malts, light body

Local Example

  • - Gritty's Black Fly Stout (ME)
  • - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout (VT)

Monterey Jack

Style

Hoppy Red

Style Characteristics

Malty backbone with a bold dose of hops

Local Example

  • - Harpoon - Rich & Dans Rye IPA (MA)
  • - Harpoon - Celtic Red (MA)

Sharp Light

Style

Pilsner or Helle Lager

Style Characteristics

Malt forward, dry

Local Example

  • - Otter Creek - Vermont Lager (VT)
  • - Red Hook - Pilsner (NH)
  • - Smuttynose - Vunderbar Pilsner (NH)

Vintage Choice

Style

Belgian White

Style Characteristics

Citrusy, sweet

Local Example

  • - Allagash White (ME)
  • - Harpoon - UFO White (MA)
  • - Magic Hat - Circus Boy (VT)
  • - Red Hook - Wit (NH)

Garlic & Herb

Style

Pale Ale

Style Characteristics

Light body, nice spicy notes from hops

Local Example

  • - Maine Beer Co. Peeper (ME)
  • - Harpoon - White IPA (MA)
  • - Peak Organic - Pale Ale (ME)

Classic Vermont Sharp

Style

Belgian White, Witibier, Hefeweizen

Style Characteristics

Citrusy, sweet

Local Example

  • - Sebago Hefeweizen(ME)
  • - Harpoon - UFO Hefeweizen (MA)

Cabot Clothbound

Style

Barrel-aged Belgian, Quad

Style Characteristics

Sweet, complex

Local Example

  • - Allagash Curieux(ME)
  • - Ommegang - Three Philosopher(NY)

Hot Habanero

Style

Russian Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Stout

Style Characteristics

Roasted, coffee, slightly sweet

Local Example

  • - Sebago's Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout (ME)
  • - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout (VT)
  • - Smuttynose - Robust Porter (NH)

Pepper Jack

Style

Baltic Porter, Stout, Smoked Beer

Style Characteristics

Smokiness of toasted malts, light body

Local Example

  • - Gritty's Black Fly Stout (ME)
  • - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout (VT)

Seriously Sharp

Style

Belgian Tripel

Style Characteristics

Balanced - slightly bitter and spicy with a sweet finish

Local Example

  • - Allagash Tripel(ME)
  • - Unibroue - La Fin du Monde (Canada)

Chipotle

Style

Porter or Brown Ale

Style Characteristics

Light-bodied but roasted

Local Example

  • - Long Trail - Double Bag (VT)
  • - Red Hook - Mudslinger (NH)
  • - Smuttynose - Old Brown Dog (NH)

Farmhouse Reserve

Style

IPA (complement) or Brown (contrast)

Style Characteristics

IPA: Hoppy, bitter and bold
Brown: Mild, malty, nutty

Local Example

  • - Sebago's Frey's Leap IPA (ME)
  • - Long Trail - Double Bag (VT)
  • - Smuttynose - Old Brown Dog(NH)