Cheese Cupid Pairing: Harp Lager


by Cheese Cupid


As winter approaches, cozy up by the fireplace with a smooth lager – the perfect beer to accompany your turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and, of course, Wisconsin Cheese platter.

This week’s Wisconsin Cheese Cupid pairing is Harp, from Guinness Brewing. Harp is a golden lager, moderate-bodied and well balanced. The nose has sweet hints of grain. It was first produced in 1960 as a bottled beer and became available on draught in 1964. Pair it with semi-soft cheeses, known for their rich buttery texture. For an even bolder taste, try semi-soft cheeses infused with flavors such as dill and pepper. Pair Harp with Roth Käse Landhaus Butterkäse, Park Cheese Company Aged Provolone or Kretschmar Swiss.

Roth Käse Landhaus Butterkäse is a buttery, mild cheese that melts in your mouth. Pair it with apples and crackers, or use it to make a comforting grilled cheese sandwich.

Park Cheese Company Aged Provolone is a firm, ivory cheese that becomes more granular with age. It goes well with cured meats and fruits.

Kretschmar Swiss is a full-flavored Swiss, buttery, nutty and with characteristic holes. It is an aged Swiss, at least 60 days. This cheese is delicious with fruit and in baked dishes.