The Terror of Terroir - SAVOR 2012 Private Tasting Salon
Winemakers often speak of their products expression of terroir, claiming
near-exclusivity in wine's ability to reflect the grape's distinct growing
environment. But can terroir exist in other products like beer and cheese? Both are
agricultural products like wine, and both are made from grasses and seeds that then
metamorphose via fermentation to create a singular experience for the consumer.
Join Will Meyers, Brewmaster at Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC) in Massachusetts, for
the opportunity to discuss the potential for terroir in craft beer and cheese created
from locally-grown ingredients. To further the exploration, three very special
beers unavailable outside of Massachusetts will be paired with handmade cheeses
from The Cellars at Jasper Hill, a family-run artisanal farm in Greensboro, Vermont.
Sgt. Pepper is a saison or farmhouse-style rustic ale with local malts and flavored with
four different peppercorns for a balanced but spicy experience.
Weekapaug Gruit is an unhopped beer made with local malts and ancient, traditional
brewing herbs like sweet gale, yarrow and Labrador tea, all either grown by the brewery
or foraged and hand-harvested locally.
Special Salon-only beer: Share in an extra special TBD beer drawn from the infamous
Barrel Cellar at CBC, made from local malts and homegrown hops, and spontaneously
fermented for a true expression of local flora.
Winnimere is produced only from the winter milk of the Ayrshire heifers at Jasper Hill
Farm. Wrapped in cambium cut from the spruce trees on the farm and washed in beer from
neighboring Hill Farmstead Brewery, Winnimere shows remarkable variation from batch to
batch sometimes smoky, sometimes fruity, sometimes mustardy, sometimes meaty.
Landaff is created with milk from a closed herd of Holsteins by Doug and Deb Erg of
Landaff Creamery. The cheese is aged to maturity at The Cellars at Jasper Hill until its
release. Landaff has a rustic natural rind and a semi-firm paste showing subtle aromas
of cave and grass. Its balanced complexity harmonizes a bright buttermilk tang and
savory brown butter notes.
TBD: A third cheese will be chosen to taste with CBC's cellar selected beer for a
stupendous pairing experience.