What a combination! Yes, we have indulged in beer & cheese before but on Sunday afternoon we were thrilled to have two of our favorite artisanal local producers, The Ship Inn and Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, together for a Beer and Cheese Tasting. They are great partners in sharing the same philosophy of quality ingredients and culinary craftsmanship but it is rare to have them in the same place at the same time to showcase their specialties.
When you investigate learning opportunities for making your own cheese or baking bread you will find the “go to” experts at Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse who have been making grass fed cheese since 2003. Assisted by a partnership with Hunterdon Land Trust, Jonathan and Nina White moved their environmentally sustainable dairy farm to The Stamets Farm in Milford, NJ. We are lucky to have them as local neighbors for their farming philosophy and full flavor cheese and bread! The Ship Inn’s 2nd Generation, Tim Hall is happy to be at the helm providing quality locally sourced and ecologically responsible ingredients on their menu. New Jersey’s First Brew Pub makes hand-crafted ales in 7 barrel batches using freshly milled whole grain. The Ship’s brewer, Lea Rumbolo is a trained chef and her refined palate shines through with each barrel’s distinctive flavor.
We had a packed house and enjoyed listening to each of their roles in bringing out the flavors in their specialties. With an interesting group of guests and unique palattes, we could not quite agree on the specific pairings but were happy to find the right combinations for all 7 brews and 5 cheeses. They reserved the unveiling of special brews just for us and Lea was kind enough to offer tours behind the scenes. We certainly all left very hoppy!