Just the Bottle

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Righteous Cheese Rocks My Face Off

I have been having a good amount of fun lately and haven’t blogged enough. What? Shocked? Yeah, well sorry I am so busy kicking ass and taking names.

I won a free cheese and beer tasting at Righteous Cheese located at Union Market. How? See the statement above. I also won a tequila and mezcal dinner that you should expect to read about soon among other things.

The cheese tasting theme was “Backyard Cheese and Craft Beer”. We tasted -


Stillwater Cellar Door (Westminster, Maryland)

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Dexter, Michigan)

Great Lakes Wright Pilsner (Cleveland, Ohio)

Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale (Kalmazoo, Michigan)


Coach Farm Triple Creme (Goat - Pine Plains, New York)

Cave-Aged Marisa (Sheep - La Valle, Wisconsin)

Beecher’s Flagship Reserve (Cow - Seattle, WA)

Billy Blue (Goat - La Valle, Wisconsin)

Carolyn Stromberg led the tasting. She’s amazing as an instructor. She was really dynamic as a speaker and provided this great overview along with tasting notes. I am always amazed at people who speak with such comfort and passion. It makes it really interesting to sit and learn.

She had us do a more professional tasting. We rated the cheese and beer matrix style - each beer versus each cheese. We rated each combination between -2 to +2 depending on how much we enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the triple creme with Stillwater Cellar Door. My favorites were Beecher’s Flagship and Bell’s Two-Hearted IPA and Billy Blue and Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca.

As we tasted each cheese along with combining them with mustard seeds, bread and candied pecans we also talked about our thoughts. When we were finishing the tasting Carolyn asked us to share our favorites.

Before leaving I made sure to buy some burrata as it’s made from unicorn tears and love.