Easy Hard Cider & Cheese Pairings

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Cider season is cheese’s best friend. Cider is very much like wine in that they’re both made with fermented juice and vary widely in style – from sparkling to still, dry or sweet, tart or fruity. Consequently, cheese-pairing tactics for cider mirror the strategies that also work with wine.

We (very willingly!) put this strategy to the test by eating and drinking through our favorite ciders and Roth cheese in order to suggest the best pairings for fall. Here are our favorites:

Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda + Restoration Cider Co. Driftless Apple

This semi-dry apple cider is made with apples from the Driftless region of Southwestern Wisconsin, sweetened just a touch with fresh apple juice after fermentation, giving it just the right amount of sweetness to balance out our spicy 3 Chile Pepper Gouda. You’ll fall in love with this sweet and spicy combo. Pair with honey and chocolate for an extra sweet and spicy flavor combination.

Roth Organic Sharp Cheddar + Island Orchard Brut Apple Cider

This unpretentious and simple cider has a medium body and light astringency. It’s dry with a balance of fruit and tartness and a prickly carbonation that can cut through creamy blue or sharp cheeses, like Roth Organic Sharp Cheddar.

Roth Original Havarti + Restoration Cider Co. Normandy Pear

This semi-dry cider is made with Wisconsin apples, lightly sweetened with highly tannic heritage perry pear (Poire de Gris and Poire D’Epine) juice imported from Normandy. It’s light and sweet, ideal for pairing with mild and creamy cheeses like Roth Havarti.

Roth Prairie Sunset + Seattle Cider Company Tangerine Turmeric

This cider comes from a line of truly unique ciders from Seattle Cider Company. Fermented with tangerine peel and fresh turmeric root,  it’s aromatic and complex, offering notes of ginger, cedar, and orange zest. Roth Prairie Sunset is equally unique – a Wisconsin original cheese made in gouda style with a hint of high-acid cheddar flavor that welcomes the tart ginger and orange flavors. Plus, we found our new love: canned cider.

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