The tasting was presented by Tida who took us through the four pairings. All the beers are Brewdog's own, all the cheeses came from Neal's Yard Dairy.
- Punk IPA (5.4%) paired with Parmesan. Hints of citrus (grapefruit) match the tangyness of the parmesan; a good match.
- 5am Saint (5.0%) paired with Coolea. A creamy cheese from boggy grass fed cattle; not as successful as the Punk / Parmesan pairing.
- Dead Pony Club (3.8%) paired with Hafod Cheddar. A california style beer with hints of tropical fruit (pineapple); the most complementary pairing of the session.
- Ripe Tide (8.0%) paired with Stichelton Blue. An imperial stout with some sweetness; like drinking port with Stilton - a classic combo.
This squirrel is one of the bottles that once contained "The End of History" the world's strongest beer at the time with an ABV of 55% (yes, that is fifty-five percent). More from the BBC: "Dead animal beer bottles at £500 each 'perverse'"
After the tasting we stayed on to chat and drink a couple more half pints of Rip Tide - at 8% ABV more would have been foolish. A fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon and meet some new beers.