ABQ Beer Week 2015: Reviewing the Beer, Cheese, & More at Marble

Posted: May 22, 2015 by cjax33 in ABQ Beer Week 2015
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Editor’s note: This is the first of our correspondent reviews of key Beer Week events that the Crew members were not able to attend. We called upon Kristin of the ABQ Craft Beer Drinkers Group to give us the lowdown on how things went at Marble. Needless to say, aside from the weather, it was a tasty event. And don’t forget, if you missed this one, there is always the second event at Marble Westside on Wednesday. — Stoutmeister

Folks, that is formal presentation right there. Kudos to Marble!

Folks, that is formal presentation right there. Kudos to Marble!

It was a blustery day at Brew Corner; not exactly the kind of weather one would expect this far into May. Yet, here I was, soaked and shivering, heading in to Marble’s Downtown location for one of my favorite events of Beer Weeks’ past — Beer, Cheese, & More. Lucky for me and my BC&M Buddy, Brennan, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits or our enjoyment of this year’s offering.

Before I get to the beer itself, I feel the need to give a huge shout-out to the team at Marble. This year was by far the smoothest I have seen this event run. Even with all the chaos of everyone coming in from the rain, I received my tray in an extremely timely manner and the servers, while busy, never once made us feel like the crowd was a burden. Well done, all!

This year’s pairings were as follows.

Pairing 1: Rauchbier and Jasper Hills Landaff Holstein
Pairing 2: Maibock and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Pairing 3: Double White and Wensleydayle with Cranberries
Pairing 4: Brett IPA and Igor Gorgonzola
Pairing 5: Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio

The attention that went into these pairings was evident as the cheeses were able to bring out flavors that I had never noticed in these beers before. The smokiness of the Holstein brought out a maltiness in the Rauchbier that I missed before. There were spicy finishing notes in the Maibock that I discovered for the first time when I washed down the Gouda it was paired with. The cranberry Wensleydayle almost muted the sweetness of the Double White completely, however, and was not my favorite pairing. The Brett IPA and the Gorgonzola were in a fun, power-flavor battle, though I lost some of the fruitiness in the beer that I enjoy. I was surprised by how much I liked the pairing of the stout and Piave Vecchio, as the hard cheese added a nice creaminess to the stout texture that I really enjoyed.

All that being said, the real fun of the beer and cheese pairing is then trying all the cheeses with all the beers. Some combos were immediately bad (Maibock and Piave Vecchio — just no), while others tasted better to me than how they were paired for us (the cranberry brought out the fruit notes in the Brett IPA beautifully).

Brennan somehow takes an innocent photo and makes it look kinda naughty.

Brennan somehow takes an innocent photo and makes it look kinda naughty.

At the end of the evening, here are the parings enjoyed most by Brennan and I.

Kristin
Rauchbier and Jasper Hills Landaff Holstein (though the Oatmeal Stout with this was also wonderful)
Maibock and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Double White and Igor Gorgonzola
Brett IPA and Weneslydayle with Cranberries (my favorite pairing of the evening)
Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio

Brennan
Rauchbier and Gorgonzola
Maibock and Landaff Holstein
Double White and Uniekaas Truffle Gouda
Brett IPA and Weneslydayle with Cranberries
Oatmeal Stout and Piave Vecchio

Cheers!

— Kristin

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Comments
  1. […] 4 to 7 p.m. Cost: $20, make reservations in advance via the Marble website. Details: Just like they did downtown last week, Marble will be busting out trays of food paired with their beers. The pairings are the same as […]

  2. […] to tackle the second Beer, Cheese, & More on Wednesday night. Just as much as Kristin loved the first event downtown, we would say Laura enjoyed this one, too. — […]

  3. […] to tackle the second Beer, Cheese, & More on Wednesday night. Just as much as Kristin loved the first event downtown, we would say Laura enjoyed this one, too. — […]

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