Cheese ♥'s Cider, the perfect pairing.
While pairing wine and cheese can be an overly-complicated business, and pairing beer and cheese can fill you up too quickly, cider and cheese are natural companions. Many drier styles pair beautifully with rich, buttery cheeses (think double-cream cheddar, a 2-year aged gouda or a creamy bleu), while the big apple flavors of semi-sweet ciders is gorgeous with fresh chevre or mild, nutty, soft-ripened cheeses.
To get you started, we’ve paired each cidery with a nearby artisan creamery. Please know that when you’re deep in rural areas where cider apples are grown and dairies prosper, “nearby” can be anywhere from just down the road to a 2-hour drive! It can make farm visits tricky, but you can frequently find both cheese and cider at regional grocers or farmers markets.
Sea Cider &Hilary's Fine Cheeses (goat & cow)
Montana Ciderworks & Flathead Lake Cheese (cow)
E.Z. Orchards, Wandering Aengus (Salem) & Willamette Valley Cheese (cow), La Mariposa (cow)
Reverend Nat’s & Portland Creamery (goat), Jacobs Creek Creamery (cow)
Finnegan & Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese (goat)
Carlton Ciderworks & Briar Rose (goat)
Blue Mountain & Monteillet Fromagerie (goat)
2 Towns Ciderhouse & River’s Edge Chevre (goat)
Bull Run (Forest Grove) & Quail Run Creamery (goat)
Eden Valley Orchards Hard Pear Cider & Rogue Creamery Mt. Mazama White Cheddar & Crater Lake Blue Cheese (cow)
Eaglemount, Finnriver and Alpenfire & Mt Townsend Creamery (cow), Chimacum Valley Dairy (goat)
Methow Valley Ciderhouse & Larkhaven Farms (goat & sheep)
Red Barn Cider & Gothberg Farms (goat), Golden Glen (cow), Samish Bay (cow)
Snowdrift Cider & Alpine Lakes (sheep)
Tieton Ciderworks & Tieton Farm & Creamery (sheep & goat)
Westcott Bay & Quail Croft (goat ), Appel Farms (cow)