Wednesday, August 6, 2008
When I go shopping for beer, nothing makes me happier than a good selection. I love seeing all the American craft brewed beers, some old favorites, and some new ones I have not tried yet. Plenty of Belgium beers to choose from is always a plus. Checking out the seasonal offerings is also something I like to do. Many people know that I love walking around butcher shops to look at the meat. But, I also walk around stores that have a great beer selection, too. Some people might think it's odd to walk around a store and look at beer...but I don't. On many of my 'walk throughs' I notice some real good things. The picture above was taken yesterday at Mckinnon's Meat Market in Salem, NH. I went there to talk to The Cheese Guy, but he wasn't around. No biggie, I thought, I'll go look at some beer. When I turned the corner into the beer isle, there he was, The Cheese Guy. He was looking at some Belgium beer and taking notes!! I was very excited to find out that he was putting together a beer and cheese pairing for one of his customers. That might not be a big deal to most, but to me that's awesome! All cheese experts need to know wine, but to take some time and get to know beer is a great asset as well. Good wine and good beer go hand in hand with great cheeses. This got me thinking about a beer and cheese pairing of my own. When it happens, I'm sure it will make a good Friday Night Food Porn post.