Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with Challerhocker. Nutty, sweet and very accessible, this semi-soft cow’s milk cheese is from Switzerland; it may remind you of Appenzeller. Its nutty and sweet overtones are a natural match for the roasty, implicit cocoa notes of the stout.
Martin Johnson runs The Joy of Cheese, a series of informal cheese and beverage classes that take place at a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn venues as well as at the 92nd St. Y. He is also Cheese, Charcuterie, Beer and Wine Manager for Gastronomie 491, a new market/cafe on the Upper West Side. He blogs at www.thejoyofcheese.com