Dee from Partizan Brewing came down to showcase Partizan’s range to the Hanwell Massive. Many of our lovely patrons had never thought to pair beer with cheese before and they were not disappointed at our sold out event!
First up was Partizan’s Belgian style pale ale, Atomium, at 4.5% and with a delicate mouth feel it went down extremely easily with our crowd. Atomium was paired with Pavé Cobble, an unpasturised, 3 week old, sheep’s milk cheese. The slight gaminess of the young cheese complimented the bitterness the beer left on the palate. For our guests this was an easy, crowd-pleasing introduction to the concept of beer and cheese pairing.
Up next was their Unfiltered Pilsner paired with a Montgomery cheddar. The year old, unpasturised cheeses deep, rich and nutty notes went well with the pilsners grassy freshness and biscuit like sweetness. This pairing showed the best of tried and tested styles of each category.
Now third we had the most flavourful and stand-out pairing of the night. It quite frankly blew the socks off our guests. Partizan’s IPA with Chinook, Simcoe and Idahoe at a healthy 7.6% was matched with Double Barrel, a 24 month aged, unpasturised cow’s milk cheddar. Both were incredibly strong in body and flavour, both also holding notes of pineapple to make the pairing even more impressive.
Our fourth pairing turned out to be the most intriguing and divisive. Partizan’s Spagliato Saison, a collaboration with Square Root Soda, was paired with Monte Enebro, a goat’s milk cheese. The cheese was creamy in texture with a bold, peppery bitterness that lingered on the palate. The saison was immediately needed to wash it down and balance out the pungentness of the cheese with it’s delicate, botanical and floral notes.
Then last but no means least, a classic London Porter, ruby in colour, paired with a smooth, Yorkshire blue. The cheese was a creamy, 6 months aged sweet blue without a sharp bite. It was gobbled up rapidly and the porter with sweet notes of coffee, caramel was quickly swilled down by our guests. Those that complained were the crazy people who aren’t fans of blue cheese!
For myself it was quite hard to polish off near the end of the taster glass following the complexity of the saison and Monte Enebro but it was still thoroughly enjoyable. What impressed me was the IPA and Montgomery Cheddar pairing, it knocked the Porter and Yorkshire Blue off what was my assumed top spot.
All in all myself, Dee & Lucy were ecstatic with the results of The Dodo’s first ticketed event and we look forward to the next one. As do our guests who have now had their opinions of food and drink pairings rocked. Many were planning to visit the local Cheddar Deli, who supplied us with our cheese, and recreating the pairings at home.