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Stinky & Drunk

Stinky and Drunk

A primer for pairing cheese with wine, liquor, and even beer

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With years of mongering under her belt, Aiyana Knauer, the beer buyer for Stinky Bklyn (, knows just what pours to pair with her five favorite cheeses. Stinky and Drunk"Bijou, a tart and creamy soft-ripened goat cheese, is styled after the French crottin. Heavier wines can mask the delicate flavors of this cheese, so it's best to go with something light and dry -- a gentle champagne or even a sparkling, dry hard cider with mild tannins."
[[{"fid":"203829","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_folder[und]":"8704","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stinky and Drunk ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","media_title[und][0][value]":"","media_description[und][0][value]":"","field_credit[und]":"","field_tags[und]":"","field_license[und]":"none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Stinky and Drunk ","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]"Triple-creams are my favorite dessert cheeses. Because they coat the tongue in a delicious layer of cheese fat, I really enjoy them with super-sweet dessert wines or ice ciders. That layer of fat on your tongue helps tame the sweetness of the wine. Both triple-creams and sweet wines are things no one should have too much of, but putting them together, you can afford to overindulge."
[[{"fid":"203830","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_folder[und]":"8704","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stinky and Drunk ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","media_title[und][0][value]":"","media_description[und][0][value]":"","field_credit[und]":"","field_tags[und]":"","field_license[und]":"none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Stinky and Drunk ","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]"Jos Vulto got his start making cheese in his basement in Brooklyn. Now his Walton Umber, a natural-rinded French Tomme style, is one of our best sellers. In this case, you can pair like with like -- a traditional farmhouse-influenced cheese with a traditional farmhouse-influenced beer. The combination of the Dupont and the Walton Umber is magic on the tongue. I get notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted peanuts."
[[{"fid":"203831","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_folder[und]":"8704","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Stinky and Drunk ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","media_title[und][0][value]":"","media_description[und][0][value]":"","field_credit[und]":"","field_tags[und]":"","field_license[und]":"none"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Stinky and Drunk ","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]"I discovered this while teaching a cheese and whiskey class at Char No. 4 in Brooklyn. It's another magic pairing -- Cabot Clothbound is a very sweet, but strong, cheddar, and the spiciness of the rye brings out so many other flavors it's mind-blowing."
Stinky and Drunk

"Spicy and sweet: a perfect combination. Robust blue cheeses are often too much for people to handle. Pairing them with a heavy, sweet wine canmake a blue lover out of anyone."

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