Beer pairings by @bakerandthebeerd | April 2021 curdbox

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April’s Curdbox is an exciting collaboration with Mackenzie Smith of Grilled Cheese Social. This month’s three cheeses were paired specifically to create three unique grilled cheese sourdough sandwiches.

Fontal and Salami has the most universal appeal, like an upscale ham and cheese sandwich that’s fun for all ages.

Taleggio and onion jam embraces the funky side of life, with the rich, mature flavors of Italian Taleggio cheese. Onion jam from Jammy Yummy adds a kick of sweet and umami flavors for the discerning sandwich connoisseur.

Lastly, Dill Havarti and Hot Pepper Vinegar Chips brings the fun of a spicy pickle in a comfort food sandwich. Chips in a sandwich have never been my bag; whether in your grilled cheese or as a side, these spicy chips are a definite treat!

Three outstanding sandwiches call for a beer pairing that is both bold and versatile. Embrace the Funk’s Deux Rouges Double Oak is a Flanders style red sour ale aged in Merlot barrels, and then aged further in Eagle Rare bourbon barrels. This process adds notes of sweetness and complexity from both red wine and bourbon to an artfully blended Belgian-style beer. Wine + cheese is great. Bourbon + cheese is great. Beer + cheese is great! The culmination of this beer and grilled cheese pairing is an unforgettable experience.

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