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The combination of cheese and beer

How to pair beer and cheese?

If you're a cheese and beer lover, you've probably already discovered that these two delicious treats can be paired together to create a unique gastronomic experience.

The art of combining cheese and beer may seem complicated, but with a little practice and knowledge you can become an expert in this field.

Let's explore the craft beers most suitable for cheeses and we will present you our cheese box, which will allow you to enjoy a selection of fine cheeses that can be perfectly combined with the craft beers you find in our shop.

The classic: wine and cheese

Before delving into the world of beer, let's take a quick review of the wines to pair with the most famous cheeses:

  • Red wines : accompany bloomy rind cheeses, long-matured cheeses, with a medium structure can also accompany semi-hard cheeses.
  • White wines : they willingly accompany soft cheeses, if well structured also with bloomy rind cheeses, semi-hard and very young cheeses.
  • Fortified wines or dessert wines: a small mention for them which go well with very intense and aromatic blue cheeses.

But find out more in our dedicated article: pairing wines and cheese .

Craft beer and cheese pairing

Let's move on to the real Bergamo challenge: beer and cheese.

When it comes to choosing the right beer for cheese, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it's important to choose high-quality craft beers, which often have more complex flavors and greater intensity than commercial beers. This is because most cheeses have very complex and intense flavors, and require an equally robust beer to pair perfectly.

Craft beers can be classified into different categories based on their taste and aroma characteristics.

For example, pale or low-alcohol beers are often quite light and fruity, and can be paired with fresh and soft cheeses such as taleggio, ricotta and mozzarella.

On the other hand, dark beers with a high alcohol content , with their toasted flavor and chocolate scent, are perfect for more mature and blue cheeses with an intense flavor such as buffalo blue, gorgonzola and parmigiano reggiano.

Pratorosso craft beers

Pratorosso beer has its roots in the grounds of an ancient farmhouse. Here, immense fields of barley were cultivated, those "pràa russ", red meadows from which this brewery takes its name. In this beautiful family-run company, beer is processed in the most natural way possible with 4 elements: water, yeast, malt and hops.

The water intended for the production of beers comes from the family well: extraordinary taste, compared to water from the mains. The cereals are selected and no additives are added, giving time to respect the natural phases of fermentation.

Like all craft beers, Pratorosso offers a raw, unpasteurized beer: a living, natural beer that preserves the true flavor of each ingredient.

The Cheese Box: an entirely Bergamo treasure chest

If you are looking for a selection of cheeses that can be perfectly paired with Pratorosso craft beers, our cheese box is for you. Inside the box, you will find a selection of fine cheeses, such as Salva Cremasco DOP, Blue Tunt Blutunt and Taleggio DOP which, if combined with craft beers found in our shop, will enhance their unique flavours.

Here's what you find in the 1.5kg Cheese Box containing an assortment of 5 cheeses from the Taddei dairy.

  • 300 grams of Taleggio DOP written in Blue
  • 300 grams of Taleggio DOP written in red
  • 300 grams of Blutunt blue cheese
  • 300 grams of Formaggella Bergamasca
  • 300 grams of Salva Cremasco DOP

Speaking of pairings, Formaggella, with its soft and creamy consistency and its delicate flavour, pairs perfectly with Birra Chiara, which has a fruity flavour.

Taleggio, with its strong flavour, goes well with a white beer, the blue beer finds its marriage with the red - capable of supporting its strong flavour, while the Salva DOP goes hand in hand with the amber beer.

The cheeses from the Taddei dairy

The Taddei Dairy is based in Fornovo San Giovanni, a town located in the lower Bergamo plain. It was 1885 when great-grandfather Giandomenico decided to start this work which has become a family tradition.

Today Massimo Taddei represents the fourth generation of this dairy company which over the years has specialized in the production and maturing of cheeses linked to the tradition of the territory, continuing to promote artisanal processing which has always been the added value of the company.

In 1986 Massimo began his adventure when, after his studies and a different work experience, he decided to withdraw the company and continue producing Taleggio which, at the time, was sold fresh to seasoners.

Beer and Cheese: two perfect worlds together

The art of pairing beer and cheese may seem complicated, but it's actually a matter of taste and experience. Choosing the right beer for cheese depends on the type of cheese, its flavor and its texture.

Craft beers are often the best choice for cheeses, as they have more complex and intense flavors than commercial beers. If you want to try the experience of tasting perfectly paired cheeses and craft beers, our cheese box and Pratorosso beers are a perfect combination together.