This column is going to be a short break from regularly scheduled programming. I usually write about wine, but every once in a while, something else scrumptious to drink will sneak its way in. This is one of those times.
The Cheeses of Europe recently hosted an event called Pints and Plates at Threes Brewery in Brooklyn. The event was held to highlight beer and cheese pairings. After reigniting my ongoing love affair with European cheese, I fell head over heels in love with a style of craft beer I never tried before called English Mild. I love the rich, layered flavors of stouts and porters, but find it almost impossible to enjoy more than one because they are so heavy.
But Backways, a collaboration beer from Threes and Burial Beer Company, has many of the same nuances of stouts and porters, notes of coffee, cocoa, toffee and caramel, yet it is light-bodied, and has only 3.1% alcohol. So easy to drink and to pair with the many wonderful cheeses the Cheeses of Europe brought along.
If you get a chance to visit Threes Brewery in Brooklyn, a short walk from Atlantic Terminal, or the French Cheese Board at 41 Spring St in Manhattan, take advantage of it.
It was a sea of cheese. Really. It was.