Cafe Society

Five local beer-and-cheese pairings that will blow you away

There's nothing quite like a plate of artisan cheese and a chilled (but not too cold) glass of beer to make you feel like you're living the good life. And to keep it simple. Beer and cheese. They are gifts from nature that satisfy the soul.

While Colorado doesn't have nearly as much of a cheese culture as it does a beer scene, there are a few local creameries churning out some quality curds, as evidenced by some recent accolades at this year's American Cheese Society's Awards.

Here are five fantastic, locally produced cheeses and the beers that go with them: