Yesterday The Globe and Mail ran a story about something being done reflecting the new world order in which beer is the new wine - a beer and cheese tasting in Vancouver:
"It's something that's not done," he says. "But beer and cheese is a great combination because they're so different. A lot of cheese has a grainy, salty content to it. The beer helps bring that out. I'm trying to keep cheese interesting."For those who are keeping track, this is not really all that new as beer and cheese tastings have been happening all over the place. Recently, for example, I've received word of tastings going on at DiBruno Bros in Philadelphia who also sent me a few pcitures of their place. The next event is being held on Friday, 9 February at which Rogue Brewery will offer tastes of their unusual and excellent beers handcrafted in Oregon. DiBruno's tells me: "this promises to be an impressive list of big dark beers and big cheeses." Last weekend Di Bruno featured the beers of Sly Fox, one of Pennsylvania's great craft brewers. Heck, even grocery stores and community colleges are running tastings of local craft beer.
Somewhat oddly, the Globe's story features a place where the beers highlighted include a can of Guinness and other Euro-macro-brews like 1516 (or maybe this 1516 - we aren't told) and Stella. Except for a dislocated paragraph about recommendations from Ontario Craft Brewers, the Globe's story features some great cheese with some pretty ordinary beer. Why is that? Why in Canada can't we recognize the excellent and craft-made over the popular and mass produced yet when it comes to beer? While our media tout the mass marketer, it is left to quality brewers like John Graham at Church-key to spread the gospel with events like his Spring revivals where local produce is matched with his ales.
By the way, if you are near Philadelphia and interested in contacting DiBruno Bros for a reservation, call them at 215-665-9220 ext. 237. Feel free to post about any other events like this in the comments.