Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Cabot Creamery have announced what they are calling, “the world’s cheesiest beer collaboration,” a hazy pale ale scientifically-engineered to be ‘the perfect pairing’ with Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Hazy-golden in color, Dogfish Head’s The Perfect Pairing is an unfiltered and hop-forward 5.5% ABV Pale Ale with juicy, citrusy notes of grapefruit and pineapple. It features whey from Cabot Creamery, which contributes both a compelling body and subtle sweetness to the beer.
The carbonation, light bitterness and balanced fruity flavors of The Perfect Pairing Pale Ale prepare and cleanse the palate in between bites of our creamy, tangy, bold Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese,” said Maegan Olsen, R&D Food Technologist at Cabot Creamery…
“The Perfect Pairing shares some of the same DNA as Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar, with the use of Cabot’s whey permeate as a unique ingredient to the recipe. The collaboration was a natural fit (and extremely fun!) as Dogfish + Cabot both take the time to lovingly craft their products starting with the magical process of fermentation.”
The Perfect Pairing Pale Ale is exclusively available exclusively in Dogfish Head’s newest variety pack.
Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Party Pack includes a selection of four hop-centric beers that are ideal for pairing with different types of cheese. In addition to The Perfect Pairing Pale Ale the Party Pack includes three other bees that just scream to be paired with just the right beer…
- 90 Minute IPA (9.0% ABV): Inspired by a bowl of soup and a thrift store football game, 90 Minute IPA is the beer that invented Dogfish Head’s proprietary, continual hopping process. By adding small amounts of hops at a consistent rate throughout the beer’s 90-minute boil, Dogfish created a pungently hoppy yet beautifully balanced brew with rich pine and fruity citrus hop aromas and a strong malt backbone.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Habanero Cheddar
- 60 Minute IPA (6.0% ABV): A best-selling Dogfish Head beer, 60 Minute IPA is continually hopped for – you guessed it – 60 minutes with a boatload of intense Northwest hops for a bold, timeless flavor. Chock full of pungently, citrusy, grassy hop notes, without being crushingly bitter, 60 Minute IPA is a surprisingly sessionable IPA for the craft enthusiast.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Cracked Peppercorn Cheddar
- Blue Hen Pilsner (4.8% ABV): A crisp and refreshing pilsner, Blue Hen Pilsner is brewed with only four ingredients – water, hops, yeast and Delaware-grown and malted barley. Giving a loving nod to Dogfish Head’s slight yet mighty home state, the beer’s label artwork features the Delaware state bird and a color palette similar to the Delaware state flag.
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Pepper Jack
“Many folks think of pairing cheese with wine, but beer and cheese pairings can be just as complex and delicious,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer…
“We had a blast working alongside the folks at Cabot to create, from a sensory perspective, the perfect beer to pair with sharp cheddar cheese. We want to open drinkers’ minds and palates to the intricacies of beer and cheese and introduce them to the culinary magic that can be found when you artfully combine the two.”