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Sweet Like Honey & Cheese Pairing Guide

We teamed up with our friends at Bee Raw honey company to provide you with a comprehensive honey and cheese pairing guide.  We recommend sourcing raw honey for the cheese pairing experience, as raw (non-heat treated) honey is much more flavorful and dynamic than its pasteurized counterpart. Interestingly enough, the philosophy around raw honey - its culinary and nutritional benefits, parallels the benefits of raw milk cheese (See What is Raw Milk Cheese?).

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Raw Washington Buckwheat Honey

Recommended Cheese Pairings: Fresh & Bloomy Rind Cheeses

Rich, fresh styles such as a creamy ricotta, fresh goat cheese, or soft-ripened bloomy rind styles with a bright, fresh flavor profile are the best pairing for buckwheat honey.  The pairing philosophy is similar to pairing a dark ale, stout, or porter with a fresher cheese variety. Opposites compliment and contrast each other to provide a balanced pairing experience.

Cheeses featured above from top left to right: Signal Rock, RawStruck, Goat Milk Camembert

Recommended beer pairing: Barleywine

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Raw Florida Orange Blossom Honey

Recommended Cheese Pairings: Mild, Sweet and Grassy Semi-Firm Aged Cheeses

This honey's bright citrus notes call for a cheese accompaniment that is grassy and sweet in its flavor profile.  This could include medium-aged sheep milk cheeses from the Pyrenees or semi-soft cow milk tommes. The combination is an even more juicy and citrus flavor that would be beautiful paired with an IPA or pale ale.

Cheeses featured above from top left to right: Treadway Creek, Wino Red, Teffenhardt

Recommended beer pairing: IPA or pale ale

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Raw Oregon Meadowfoam Honey

Recommended Cheese Pairings: Alpine or Basque Style Cheeses

Caramelized notes of burnt sugar abound in this crystalline textured honey.  Its full-bodied flavor profile is a perfect match for robust alpine or basque-style cheeses that are deeply nutty with natural caramel notes and salt-forward.  Traditional Alpine styles range from Gruyère, Comté, and Challerhocker.  Traditional Basque cheeses range from Tomme Brulée, Idiazabal, and Chebris. We've featured American artisan counterparts that pair well. Notes of wildflowers will unfold. 

Cheeses featured above from bottom left to bottom right: Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Roe Jan Reserve, and Vermont Shepherd.

Recommended beer pairing: Brown Ales

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Raw Maine Blueberry Honey

Recommended Cheese Pairings: Blue Cheeses

This honey tastes like a woodsy forest - the hearty characteristics of the blueberry bush shine through.  We recommend pairing this cheese with a well-balanced blue cheese where the blue has a sweet and creamy milk base and notes of bright minerality, earth, and salt.  Traditional pairings like Stilton or Fourme D'Ambert work here.  We've provided an American alternative here.

Cheese featured in this photo: Bayley Hazen Blue

Recommended beer pairing: Red Belgian Strong, Cream Ale

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