Fromagination does the Day-after-Thanksgiving Happy Hour this evening with great local beer. Our Funky Friday event this evening welcomes local brewer Karben4, which has a great fan following for its many and interesting products.
Tonight’s pairing, created by Fromagination Cheesemonger Shannon, includes some fascinating combinations of Wisconsin cheeses and beers!
- Chocolate Oatmeal Stout & Espresso BellaVitano cheese (pictured above): This will no doubt please lovers of coffee and chocolate, as well as the beer and cheese fan. Karben4 featured its Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, along with two others, on Nov. 1 – International Stout Day – and now we get to try it. Sartori Cheese’s Espresso BellaVitano is hand-rubbed with freshly roasted espresso coffee…which contrbuted to its awards at the World Cheese Championship.
- Raspberry Ale & Evalon: Evalon is a goat milk cheese from LaClare Farms – a Gouda-style award-winner with a distinct, creamy flavor. Karben4’s winter seasonal Raspberry Fantasy Factory ale (6.3 ABV) will make a great compliment for the cheese.
- Block Party & Gran Cru Surchoix: Block Party is Karben4’s flagship amber ale, described as “Crisp and clean, but full of flavor: milk caramel, toasted biscuit, and sweet wheat.” Pair that with a Roth Cheese international championship cheese, Gran Cru Surchoix, a classic Alpine-style creation, and your tastebuds will be grateful.
- Smoked Porter & Pecora Nocciola: Landmark Creamery’s Pecora Nocciola is an aged sheep-milk cheese, produced in the style of Spanish and Italian hill cheeses. It will be a wonderful tasting partner to Karben4’s Nightcall Smoked Porter, which Karben4 owner Alex Evans says was initially liked and support by noted local chef, Jonny Hunter. This should be a striking meeting of outstanding flavor profiles, to say the least.
Funky Fridays happen each week from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m at the Fromagination cheese counter.
Before you give in to leftover turkey, come in this evening to celebrate week’s end and have some great local combinations in true Wisconsin beer-and-cheese style!