Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Local Cheeses on Display at Total Wine's Cheese and Beer Pairing, Monday

We've got a special treat coming up for South Florida Beer Week. Total Wine, Spirits & More in Palm Beach Gardens has partnered with Brown Distributing and local cheesemakers across the state to bring you a Local Cheese and Beer Class like no other done in South Florida before.

This class will feature cheeses from four boutique, Florida creameries, each paired with a local beer. Each of these creameries distributes through a small batch distributor Farmstead Cheese Co. that only sells to select restaurants and stores. Even cooler, one of the creameries -- Tampa's Bufalina AC -- makes their organic buffalo mozzarella by feeding their water buffalos spent grain from Cigar City Brewing Co.

See below for the complete list of cheeses and cheesemakers, as well as the beers they will be paired with. Ray Nickolaus, the head guy at Inlet Brewing (makers of Monk in the Trunk), will conduct the class.

The class takes place on Monday, January 21 at 6:30pm. The cost is just $15, and you must call or visit Total Wine PGA (561-622-7340) to reserve your spot.

We hope to see you at the pairing!

Bufalina AC - Tampa FL
Mozzarella Di Bufala- Buffalo Mozzarella made from organic water buffalo milk with a fresh, tangy milky flavor.
Paired with Cigar City Florida Cracker

Cypress Point Creamery - Hawthorne, FL

Magnolia- A raw aged, cow milk, Gouda style cheese. This cheese is a young Gouda that has small eyes in the paste, and it is smooth and creamy.
Paired with Eleven Brown Ale

Loblolly- A raw aged, cow milk Tomme style cheese. It has a rustic earthy rind that is edible. It has a
firm paste that is nutty.
Paired with Monk in the Trunk

Winter Park Dairy - Winter Park, FL

Black & Bleu- A raw aged, cow milk blue veined cheese, infused with a cracked roasted peppercorn.
This cheese is creamy, with a nutty, pepper flavor.
Paired with Holy Mackerel Mack in Black

Umbuzi Farm & Dairy - Fort Meyers, FL
Goat Cream Cheese Truffle - Made with Umbuzi's amazing fresh goat cheese
Paired with Cigar City Maduro Brown

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