Intense flavours: cheese and beer

Two intense, non-wine flavours this evening. [I love flavour, in general.]

The first: a cheese. It’s a Caerphilly from Neal’s Yard (Gorwydd, Wales). Tangy, slightly sour and bitter, but also creamy and rich. Lovely intensity, without being in any way overpowering. Slightly crumbly, dry texture.

The second: a beer. Bew Dog’s Punk IPA (£1.40 from Tesco). It’s one of the most interesting beers I’ve tried, with incredible aromatic intensity, including a wild fruit spectrum and some lovely tangy, bitter herb notes. So much interest – it reminds me of the craft beers from the USA. They aren’t afraid of flavour.

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