new BEST cheese
Mountainoak Farmstead 3 Year Old Mountainoak Cheese, New Hamburg, Ontario
Winner of the Best New Cheese Award, this three-year-old Gouda erupts with savoury, umami notes of salty bone broth and rich cream. Paired with an American IPA, like Beau’s Full Time IPA (LCBO 575365, 473 mL, $3.95), the cheese tastes as if it was coated in pine needles. The herbal notes tease the cheese’s caramel centre, while the beer’s zingy bitterness slices through the fat.
Beau’s Full Time IPA
This organic, family-owned brewery didn’t put out a year-round IPA until two years ago—and it was worth the wait. Dripping with resinous pine, mango and passion-fruit aromas, it packs a pleasing bitterness that builds with each sip.