This is a continuation of a blog about the Shore Craft Beer Talk and Tasting held at the Clarion Fountainebleu in early 2016.

I love Morning Glory Espresso Stour because the coffee beans and hops work as a team for a mellow bitterness that is even further tempered by the malt. That’s what gives it a coffee bite but still leaves a beer flavor. The stilton cheese was made all the more creamy by the coffee aspect of the beer. If felt as if it were taking up extra flavor space in my mouth, if that is at all clear. What I’m trying to get at is that the cheese made the beer more than shine, it was kind of radiant. I don’t know if that’s any closer, but it feels a little righter.

I don’t know if any beer benefitted more from multi-tastings than did this. Everyone was encouraged to try beer then cheese and then reverse the process to get a sense of it, but with Morning Glory the flavors stood out all the more.

I feel like this beer and cheese pairing would do well with fruit but don’t immediately dismiss brownies. Beer and cheese and brownies for dessert? Yes.

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Tony Russo
Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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