Having Our Beer And Eating It Too

I was on a grocery run a few weeks back and decided to hit up one of the semi-independent stores for my fruits and veggies. Not only did they have excellent fruits and veggies at decent city prices, but they also had…a kick ass cheese section!

They had the usual Bries and Camemberts, local artisan cheeses, creepy zombie Blue Cheeses, and Guinness Cheddar.


Guinness Cheddar? I had to call Nicky:

“Guess where I am.”
“On the phone?”
“No! I’m at a cheese shop.”
“Oh? And?”
“You know what they have here? Do you? They have Guinness Cheddar.”
“Guinness Cheddar??”
“Yes. It looks like marble cake. We’re trying it.”
“It’s 10pm on a Sunday. We’re not trying it now.”
“Fine, how about next week?”

Guinness Cheddar is a firm Cahill‘s Irish cheddar lined with Guinness Stout, and while it’s extremely tasty and unique, it’s also a mind fuck. I kept thinking it was cake, and then I’d take a bite and my mind would remember that it’s cheese. Plus, while it is firm, this cheese breaks and crumbles along the veins of Guinness running all through it. It was also around 10$ CDN for that wedge you see there. Not cheap, but hey, it came from Ireland and it was some excellent cheese eating. Would we do it again? Hell, yeah.

We ate it with some Wheat Thins, Vegetable Thins and Rice Thins seasoned with sea salt and pepper, while sipping Coronas. It seemed odd for us to eat a stout beer cheese with wine, although we’re sure it wouldn’t be a bad thing if you prefer to drink wine with your cheese.

What's better than beer AND cheese? Beer cheese AND beer!

A little about Cahill’s: Their cheeses are 100% natural, which means no additives, no preservatives, no growth hormones, no animal rennet, and no GMO ingredients. Cahill’s also makes wine cheese as well as whiskey cheese(!). Cahill’s is located in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, Ireland.

Limerick? They’re located in Limerick?! Now I have to write one. I can’t resist!

There once was a cheese of Guinness
That was crafted and brewed with finesse
Our palates did sing
So we ate the whole thing
The whole wedge and each crumb, no less.

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  • Ziva

    Beer cheese? Yuck! The only way beer cheese could be any more gross is if you melted it and ate it with a spoon. Or stirred it into your beer. You know, there's probably a reason why it has that pretty camouflage print – when you put it down somewhere you'll never find it again and no one will ever have to eat it.

    So… It was good, huh?

  • Yep. It was very tasty. It didn't have an overpowering beer taste either. Just enough.

    Also, even with the camouflage pattern, do you think that cheese could hide from us? Even for one second? I thought so 🙂

  • OMG! Guinness Cheddar? I must find me some of THAT. ASAP!!

  • I am heading to the pub now and ordering a pint of cheese.

  • Guinness Cheddar sounds awesome, particularly on a rye cracker. Adding some guinness into fondue is really delicious as well.

  • 00dozo

    Good limerick! Hmmm, we get a lot of Irish products here so I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

  • 00dozo

    P.S. I forgot to as what GMO ingredients are.

  • Genetically Modified Organisms, not to be confused with Genetically Modified Orange, which is a very specific genetically modified thing.

  • A rye cracker…now that sounds like an ideal pairing! We'll have to get some for next time.

  • You must! Man, it's like 11:30pm and I'm getting hungry reading these comments.

  • The more I think about what that would look like, the more disgusting the image seems to get.

  • 00dozo

    OMG! GMO in my cheese?!?!

    (Ha ha! I first read 'organisms' as 'orgasms' – I need to wake up a little more.)

  • 🙂

  • Eww….that is one ingredient I do not want in my cheese!

  • 00dozo

    Um.. ya, sorry for that, eh.

  • Now I need to find a place that carries that damned Guiness cheese. But I will eat mine on a crusty baguette and drink it with a nice Zin. “Guess where I am?” “On the phone.” My darling Nicky is so literal!

  • I guess I can stop drinking my cheese directly into my draft now.

    Beer and Cheese parties >= Wine and Cheese parties

  • She's literal, but mostly she's just sarcastic!

    Crusty baguette is also a fine way to enjoy cheese. Soft and warm baguette is also hard to resist.

  • Welcome Beer Newb! Even if no beer or wine is to be had, I'd settle for a Cheese and Cheese party.

  • Guinness Cheddar? Guinness Cheddar? Guinness Cheddar????? NO WAY!!!! Put two of my favorites things that I occasional indulge in and add them together, you got to be kidding me. Guinness Cheddar…. really YEE HAA

    Makes me want to indulge in my own limerick.

    There once was a blog about cheese
    Where I laugh so much I am pleased
    The two nuts that run it
    Nicky and Mike is who dun it
    That now I attempted to rhythm

    Hey whatcha want from a Pollock from New Yawk? Youse guys are the writers……

  • Okay, I am going to have to cross the border for you guys, yeah, it's like taking one for the team. I will bring my camera and my credit card. I am going to send you some real Wisconsin cheese from the cheesiest cheese shop there is. Ever heard of Leinenkugels?

  • Heh heh, thanks for the limerick, Glenn!

    I love to have me a Guinness once in awhile as well. But it must come from the pub, not a can. Canned Guinness actually isn't terrible, just can't beat it from the tap.

  • No way, really? I've never heard of Leinenkugels, but thank god we're only typing here because I don't think I could pronounce it this moment.

  • Line en kugels is just how it sounds. We call it Leinies here. Piss beer,
    you don't want to try it, but maybe with the right cheese it isn't so bad.

  • MikeWJ at TooManyMornings

    I'd have been tempted to join you at the market that night, and I live…uhmm…I don't know… really far away. Beer cheese just sounds so right to me. I'll have to look around for it. We have nice cheese shop just north of here that might carry it.

  • The thing about going to a cheese shop with the intention of finding a particular cheese, is that you always end up with 2 or 3, and usually 4 different cheeses. At least that’s what happens to me.

  • The thing about going to a cheese shop with the intention of finding a particular cheese, is that you always end up with 2 or 3, and usually 4 different cheeses. At least that's what happens to me.

  • Holy shit. 

    Two of my favorite things. I know I’ve never seen it around me, so it’s time to start finding a place that sells this stuff. I want some. Now. 

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