Pairing Beer and Cheese

When the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board paid us a visit here at Taste of Home, they shared some delicious Wisconsin cheeses and insightful information into the making of cheese. We chatted about how versatile cheese can be, especially when it comes to food and drink pairings.

Below, you'll find some tasty cheese and beer pairings, featuring delicious Wisconsin cheese and some of Wisconsin's tasty local brews.


A very dark beer that features a heavily roasted flavor.

Pairs Well With: Blue, Brick, Cheddar, Edam, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyere, Havarti, Provolone

Bourbon Barrel Stout, Central Waters Brewing Company: Aged in oak bourbon barrels, this beer contains traces of bourbon and vanilla with a rich, roasted overtone.

Gray's Oatmeal Stout, Gray Brewing Company: With a rich color and intense roasted flavor, this beer features a creamy texture and coffee-like flavor.

Brown Ale

Dark amber in color, this beer can range from sweet to bitter.

Paris Well With: Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, Monterey Jack

Nut Brown, Minocqua Brewing Company: A robust beer with slightly nutty flavor and definable malt characteristics.


America's favorite beer, lager can range from light to dark.

Pairs Well With: Brick, Butterkase, Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, Limburger, Monterey Jack, Provolone, Swiss

Pioneer Black River Red, Sand Creek Brewing Company: An Oktoberfest lager, this beer is red in color with a delicious malt flavor.

Riverwest Stein Lager, Lakefront Brewery: This beer has a balanced maltiness, with a hint of sweet and a crisp hop bite in the finish.

Pale Ale

With an excellent balance of malt and hops, this beer can have a sometimes spicy flavor.

Pairs Well With: Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, Swiss

Lakefront IPA, Lakefront Brewery: This beer has bite but is still well balanced with a full body and malty flavor.

Pub Ale, Sprecher Brewery: An English-style ale, this beer has a complex flavor and a deep brown color.

Fruit Beers

Fun-loving, fruit beers come in a variety of flavors.

Pairs Well With: Brie, Camembert, Cheddar, Romano

Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice, Tyranena Brewing Company: Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, this beer truly celebrates fall.

Lakefront Cherry, Lakefront Brewery: This ruby red beer has a spritzy cherry flavor that is balanced with a slightly malty undertone.

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