As we found ourselves sorting through the immense and intimidating list of SDBW events this past week, the West Coast Beer and Cheese Pairing caught our eye. We decided to check it out and visit the local San Diego Bakery Pacific Time where it was being held. Pacific Time is a charming spot that is committed to sourcing local and fresh ingredients for all they produce. They strive to create a West Coast feel by supporting local artisans who value the same integrity and quality in their craft.
The atmosphere was very unique. On one hand you had more of a coffee shop vibe with fresh roasted coffee, pastries and sandwiches. On the other hand they also offer a plethora of wine, a decent beer list on tap and specialty cheeses & meats which makes this a great after-work happy hour spot.
We were greeted by one of the owners who told us a little bit about the event before giving us some time to pick our poison(s). The event was $20 for four, generous 5 oz pours of some tasty West Coast beer, then personally paired with one or two cheeses depending on your beer choices.
After taking a few minutes to soak everything in we chose our four beers and blindly trusted the cheese they paired with it. Here is what we got….
32 North Brewing Common Good (Kolsch)
- paired w/ Ricotta and Goat Cheese
- The cheese was pretty mild and creamy which complimented the earthy and effervescent beer. Both cheeses were surprisingly light and not overpowering which paired nicely with the crisp, somewhat sweet finish of the beer
Lost Abbey Lost & Found (Belgian Dubbel)
- paired w/ Isabella Cheese
- The beer had a nice malty sweetness, with hints of caramel and fruity esters which matched well with the ultra-creamy, semi-sweet cheese
- *Best pairing of the evening 🙂
21st Amendment Toaster Pastry (India Style Red Ale)
- paired w/ aged cheddar
- The Red Ale had a nice aroma, with a nutty, crust-like taste followed by the sweetness of strawberry jam which the sharpness of the cheddar cut through and helped balance out the sweet taste of the beer
Modern Times Black House (Oatmeal Stout)
- Paired w/ blue cheese matured in grape leaves with sweet pear
- This was definitely the dessert paring out of the four. The richness and complexity of the cheese and beer really complimented each other. The cheese was very sweet, creamy, and had a strong flavor which went nicely with the lighter bodied, roasty beer
The pairings came with a plate of fresh, thinly sliced bread. We also had the pleasure of trying some of their other hand-crafted specialty breads. The Multi-Grain and the Cheddar Cheese & Peppers were out of this world amazing. From the craft beer and hand picked cheese to the service, it was obvious the effort Pacific Time puts in to creating an all around great experience for their customers. We will definitely be back for more!
Drop by for a beer and a suggested bite to pair with it! Youʼll find them off Linda Vista Rd., conveniently next to the Ballast Point Home Brew Mart and Tasting Room. You can find out more about Pacific Time by visiting their website: http://www.pacifictimesd.com or following them on social media: Facebook & Instagram
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