Pairing cheese with alcohol is nothing new. But at Goodale Farms in Riverhead, they’re getting creative with the classic coupling.Instead of sipping wine with cheese, they are brining it with Long Ireland Brewing Company beer for a flavoring like no other.
As Long Island’s only full-service dairy farm it is safe to say Goodale Farms knows a thing or two about making quality, local products. They specialize in bottling fresh cow and goat milk and began making many types of farmstead cheeses about five years ago.
This winter, Goodale’s dairy cows produced more milk than needed, allowing for a little experimentation, owner Hal Goodale said. The idea to brine and age Goodale’s soft-ripened cheese in five Long Ireland beers was truly a gift, Mr. Goodale said. He receive Long Ireland’s Black Friday Imperial Stout from head brewer Dan Burke as a Christmas present and instead of drinking it, he decided to try it on the cheese.
At first, Mr. Goodale wrapped the cheese in a cloth soaked in the brew and aged it for three weeks. The result was delicious, inspiring Mr. Goodale to brine more cheese varieties in Long Ireland’s Black Friday Imperial Stout, Raspberry Wheat, Celtic Ale, Pale Ale and Breakfast Stout.
The cheeses are expected to be ready to eat by St. Patrick’s Day.
Goodale Farms (visit site)
250 Main Rd, Riverhead, NY 11901 (map it)