Ken Liss of Premier Cheese Market in Minneapolis reveals his favorite beer-and-cheese pairings
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* Gouda—especially aged varieties—goes best with brown ales, amber ales, and porters.
* Washed-rind cheeses like Muenster or Taleggio pair well with India Pale Ale and darker beers.
* Soft-ripened cheeses, such as Brie, complement fruity, flavored beers, like Belgian Lambics.
* Young, fresh cheeses like chèvre or mozzarella work well with delicate brews, including pilsners and wheat beers.
* Blue cheese brings out the flavor of strong, sweet beers, such as Guinness.
* Cheddar, the most versatile of cheeses, works with any kind of beer.
* The nuttiness of Gruyère or Emmentaler enhances the same flavors in malts like Summit Oktoberfest, and other bock beers or dark lagers.