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Lompoc Beer and Cheese Pairing Sept. 12th, 4pm to 10pm Lompoc Sidebar 3901 N Williams Ave

Next Wednesday, the kind folks from Lompoc Brewing and The Cheese Bar do what they do best: cheese and beer! Brewer Bryan Kielty and cheesemonger Steve Jones will be on hand from 7p to 9p to answer any questions you may have about the night's offerings.

For those of you that made it to the inaugural Portland Beer and Cheese Festival this year, you got to experience the wonders of what great cheese pairings can do for beer. In fact, after that event, I've gone back to the Cheese Bar to ask Steve to help me pair cheeses for a couple of my own tastings. The results were fantastic!

On the beer side, Lompoc is rolling out the barrels: Four barrel aged beers, all aged on sour cherries!

For $12, a sampler tray of all four pairings will be available:

  • Cherry Christmas with Samish Bay Fresh Ladysmith (Organic Cow, WA). Cherry Christmas is a blend of four different beers: Golden Ale fermented in stainless steel with sour cherries, Golden Ale fermented in Port barrels with sour cherries, Brown Ale inoculated with a Lambic blend yeast aged in Merlot barrels for four years, and a two-year-old Gueze. 5% ABV
  • Cherry Bomb with Uniekaas Vintage Grand Ewe (Sheep, Holland). Cherry Bomb is Lompoc’s Proletariat Red fermented in Maryhill Winery Port barrels with 40 pounds of sour cherries. It has a big cherry aroma with a fruit forward flavor and finishing dry with a touch of oak. 6.2% ABV
  • Red Raisin with Baley Hazen Jasper Hill (Cow, VT). Red Raisin is Lompoc’s Proletariat Red aged for three years in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels with 35 pounds of sour cherries. It has an aroma of oak with flavors of cherry and raisins finishing tart with a hint of vanilla. 6.2% ABV
  • Cherry Porter with Ferns Edge Mt. Zion (Raw Goat, OR). Cherry Porter was brewed in July 2009 and aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels with 35 pounds of sour cherries for almost three years. It is pitch black in color with an aroma of tobacco and leather. It has flavors of chocolate, oak, and cherry finishing with a slight sourness. 7.5% ABV

Also on tap that night will be Lompoc's Oktoberfest and the release of Stargell Stars IPA, named in honor of Pittsburgh Pirate great Willie Stargell. It has a golden-orange hue with slight back of the throat bitterness. It was dry hopped in the fermenter with Saaz hops giving of a spicy, coriander flavor and aroma. 5.5% ABV