PAIRING: MILK STOUT + BLUE“The Classic” Tom Green Milk Stout from Beau’s All Natural has a complex array of malt character featuring notes of espresso and chocolate. We think the initial dryness and increased body and sweetness in the end pairs well with the full-flavoured earthiness of the Highland Blue from Back Forty Artisan Cheese.
PAIRING: BELGIAN-STYLE + FARMHOUSE GOUDAThe Smoked Dark Saison from Burdock is nitro-infused with nectarines, cacoa nibs and of course, lactose. It complements similar flavours like nuts, spice and fruit that you find in gouda. Gouda like the Farmstead Gouda from Mountainoak Cheese. Find Mountainoak and other cheesemakers on the Oxford County Cheese Trail.
PAIRING: IPA + AGED CHEESEThe exceptional dry hop strength of an IPA like the Green Monster Double Dry Hopped IPA with Lactose, a collaborative brew from Rainhard Brewing Co. and Left Field Brewery, holds up well to the sharpness and intensity of aged cheeses. For this one, we like the Cow Tomme from Monforte Dairy. Find cheeses like this beauty at Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Toronto.
PAIRING: LIGHT CHEESE + LIGHT BEERDon’t let the label fool you. ‘Light beer’ does not mean light on flavour! As an example, The Mango & Passionfruit Gose with lactose and vanilla from Bellwoods Brewery has a fruity tang and subtle salinity that pairs perfectly with the award-winning mozzarella-like La Vaquita Oaxaca from Local Dairy.
These are suggested pairings only! Use your palate and shoot for the stars. Compare and contrast flavour intensities of both products. Looking for other lactose laden brews? Here are some of our other favorites.
- Strawberry Milkshake IPA from Sawdust Brewing Company (Gravenhurst, ON)
- Mocha Marshmallow Stout from Left Field Brewery x Sweet Jesus (Toronto, ON)
- Gomatose Ice Cream Stout from Dominon City Brewing Co. (Ottawa, ON)
- Raspberry Milkshake IPA with Habanero Peppers Collab by Collective Arts Brewing x Donut Monster (Hamilton, ON)