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

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5. Haystack Queso De Mano This award-winning, raw goat's milk cheese is perfectly snackable. It's aged for four months making it hard in texture, and subtly fruity in flavor. The slight nuttiness from the raw milk pairs well with tart fruit beers like the Raspberry Ale from Great Divide (and fellas, don't be afraid to embrace your inner fruit-beer-lover. Many of them pair wonderfully with food, and it's not unmanly by any means to eat and drink well). 4. MouCo ColoRouge A washed rind cheese with tons of funk in the nose, it might offend those who aren't used to the stench of a good cheese, but the smell is slightly misleading. ColoRouge is rich and creamy, and almost sweet, making it decadent and dessert-like. Its sweetness is accentuated by a strong malty beer such as Avery Brewing's Beast, a Grand Cru more akin to liqueur than beer, in a good way. 3. Avalanche Midnight Blue This goat's milk blue cheese is aged for two to four months, making it a subdued version of the normally pungent style. It's a meaty cheese, crumbly and pleasantly tangy, and a perfect companion to a big, creamy imperial stout. Ten-Fidy from Oskar Blues fits that bill.
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