Irish Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer: A Recipe Round-up

by Kristin on October 25, 2012

What’s hotter than Irish craft beer this year? The Restaurant Association of Ireland launched the first Irish Craft Beer Week in August, the first Apple and Craft Cider Festival took place last month in Tipperary, organised by Slow Food Ireland, and John McKenna said at the launch of the 10th edition of the Irish Food Guide a few weeks ago that those working in craft beer are seeing a particular increase in sales, listing it as one of three top food trends. Coupled with Irish farmhouse cheese, they’re the poster children for the success story that is artisan Irish food.

Photo courtesy of Bord Bia

Forty years ago, there were only a few people in Ireland making farmhouse cheeses and it’s only recently that microbreweries have arrived in the land of Guinness. Today, though, there are 21 craft brewers (up from 17 last year) and around 50 farmhouse cheese makers on our small island. Like any artisan food, both crafts aren’t just about the flavour, but also the people, personalities, places and stories behind them.

Photo courtesy of Bord Bia

Starting today, people all over Ireland will be celebrating our farmhouse cheese and microbrews by enjoying them together during Ireland’s second annual Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend, running from October 25th to the 29th, with over 30 events taking place around the country.

  • For the best selection of Irish farmhouse cheeses, be sure to visit Sheridans Cheesemongers, while Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland: A Celebration is a comprehensive guide to all our artisan cheeses and is a must for any food lover’s bookshelf.
  • Drink Store, The Beer Club and Bradleys Off Licence all carry a great range of many of the Irish craft beers and deliver throughout Ireland, so it’s a good excuse to stock up.
  • With the free BeoirFinder app, you’ll be able to find pubs and restaurants around Ireland that serve craft beer as well as off licences that stock it.
  • If you’d like to learn more about pairing cheese and beer, click here to download Bord Bia’s suggestions or click here to download the free Bord Bia Farmhouse Cheese Guide.
  • Or if you’d like to cook with beer or cheese (or both!), I’ve rounded up all my recipes that incorporate them and have listed them here. I’ve also included a few recipes using cider, beer’s pretty sister, and as a nod to Ireland’s growing artisan cider industry.

Sláinte!

Beef, beer and blue cheese pot pies

Irish farmhouse mac & cheese

Lamb shanks in Irish stout

Steak sandwiches with Cashel Blue butter

Potato, cheddar and rosemary bread

Slow-cooked pork cheeks in cider

Apple cider cake with spiced cider butterscotch sauce

Brown bread and Irish stout ice cream

Apricot, date and Irish stout slices with stout cream sauce

How to create the perfect Irish farmhouse cheese board

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Lori October 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

What a great combo for a food celebration week! I like my wine, but I’d much rather go for a craft beer and cheese. Great recipe round-up!

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Kristin November 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thanks so much, Lori! Hope you enjoy the recipes. A good beer with a good cheese is hard to beat.

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