ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Treat your taste buds to a flavor explosion of barrel-aged beers paired with specialty cheeses.
Marble Heights Brewery & Taproom is holding a Barrel Aged Beer & Cheese event on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Guests are not required to arrive at a certain time and can arrive within the event time frame between 6 and 8 p.m., according to
Geraldine Lucero, marketing and events coordinator for Marble Brewery.
Attendees will enjoy four, 7-ounce barrel-aged beers paired with four portions of specialty cheeses from Whole Foods Market.
“Each ticket holder will receive a sweet set up with their four pairings plus some added accouterments,” Lucero said in an email. “There is nothing pretentious about this tasting event and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves cheese and beer. It’s a great gateway to beer and food pairings.”
The beers on the menu are Reserve Ale, a bourbon barrel-aged American strong ale, and Imperial Stout, which is a barrel-aged stout. Also included is the Silver Coin Cerveza, a blend of a two-year Herradura tequila barrel-aged Marble Pilsner with Marble’s Cerveza. Poinsettia rounds out the beer list. Poinsettia is a Manhattan-inspired brew with a blend of Marble’s Cuveé Rouge, Brett Amber and Reserve Ale.
“Poinsettia is a special brew made for Marble employees only, we decided to add it to the (Barrel Aged Beer & Cheese) line-up for fun,” Lucero said. “It will not be available for purchase outside of the event.”
Marble works closely with Whole Foods for all of its Beer & Cheese events. Marble provides beer and tasting notes and Whole Foods provides a few options for each pairing. Marble Brewmaster Josh Trujillo locks down the final beer and cheese pairings.
“One of my favorite things about this event is that you don’t have to follow the pairings,” Lucero said. “So many people find a pairing they prefer by trying their cheeses with different beers. Everyone’s palate is different. There is a suggested way to approach this pairing, but ultimately, it’s your own experience.”
The rare beers and unique cheeses of the event will make for some interesting and exciting pairings.
“I will say that you have to be adventurous when it comes to this pairing,” Lucero said. “You can’t be afraid of the good funk that some cheeses have to offer.”