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Prepare for fall gatherings with these expertly curated local craft beer and artisanal cheese pairings courtesy of our amazing staff! The following local cheeses can be found at our co-op, while the beers may be picked up at your local liquor store or obtained directly from the source. In true cooperative spirit, be sure to take advantage of Fair State’s Co-op Member Mondays – receive your first pint for half price in their taproom when you show your Mississippi Market membership card.

Special thanks to Selby Store Deli Manager Leif Moser and West 7th Store Cheese Buyer Martin Devaney for their input and suggested pairings.

Cyngus X-1 Porter
Flat Earth Brewing | Saint Paul, MN

Farmstead Black Truffle Gouda
Marieke Gouda | Thorp, Wis.

Flat Earth’s Cygnus X-1 Porter, named after the first black hole discovered in outer space, is out of this world. This dark, creamy beer teases hints of chocolate and biscuit with a smooth smoky finish. Pouring a deep coffee color with a thick, creamy head, it leans heavily on rich flavors and roasty malts to keep you warm during crisp fall evenings. Marieke’s handcrafted, savory Black Truffle Gouda features intense umami notes mixed with the mildly tangy, salty, melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of this traditional Dutch-style cheese. Pieces of black truffles, along with black and white truffle oil, are added to raw milk and aged for two–four months, creating this award-winning cheese that pairs excellently with the porter’s dry flavor profile.

Roselle Hibiscus Sour Saison
Fair State Brewing Co-op | Minneapolis, Minn.

Little Lucy Brie
Redhead Creamery | Brooten, Minn.

Fair State’s Roselle is a sour Saison infused with hibiscus flowers, lending to the beer’s floral taste and light citrus aroma. Tart, fruity, and effervescent, this sour beer is reminiscent of a rosé and pours a similar light reddish-pink hue. Redhead Creamery’s ridiculously smooth and creamy Little Lucy Brie can be enjoyed fresh for a grassier, lighter mouth feel or ripened for 1-2 weeks in your fridge for a taste that’s a bit stinkier. When paired with the Roselle, the Brie provides a nice funky flavor to the tangy, dry tartness of the beer.

Cowbell Cream Ale
Urban Growler | St. Paul, Minn.

Vintage Van Gogh Gouda
Roth Cheese | Monroe, Wis.

Urban Growler’s Cowbell Cream Ale is a classic take on the style with some sweetness that strays from the bitter-beer pack. It pairs well with Roth Cheese’s Vintage Van Gogh Gouda, an approachable cow’s milk cheese that’s aged for a minimum of six months, featuring a creamy caramel flavor. This Gouda, a favorite of ours and one of the co-op’s strongest sellers, is great for snacking and goes well on burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. Taken together, the extreme creaminess of the Gouda brings out a crispness in the beer that isn’t immediately there when served alone, while the ale perfectly complements the Gouda’s rich, buttery caramel tones.