Bellavitano Raspberry Ale

Region: Wisconsin, USA
Milk: Cow
Texture: Firm

Made by Sartori Foods in Plymouth, Wisconsin, this unique cheese is soaked in Wisconsin-brewed New Glarus Raspberry Tart Ale. If you’re not familiar with Raspberry Tart Ale, you may have heard of Spotted Cow, which the brewery is most famous for. But the raspberry ale is fruity, pungent and brewed with real, fresh raspberries. The Wisconsin framboise ale lends a slight sweetness to the cheese, but it’s not overpowering.

It’s a combination of aged cheddar and parmesan, which makes its flavour strong and complex. On first bite, you’re hit with the sharpness of the cheddar and then quickly taste the nutty, saltiness from the parmesan. The bright notes of ruby-red raspberries combine with hazelnut and brown-butter flavors to make a deliciously complex cheese. The cheese is firm in texture and cuts like an aged parmesan. Aged 11 months, it’s made completely from cow’s milk.

Try pairing the cheese with onion jam and rosemary crackers. For a sweet combination serve with roasted hazelnuts and crushed raspberries with lime peel and sugar. Instead of the obvious choice of a Raspberry ale, pour a scotch ale or even a Guinness stout for beer accompaniments and a dry Riesling for wine. But honestly, this flavourful cheese is good all by itself.