Brooklyn Oktoberfest with Vermont Shepherd (aka Vierno). Nutty, gently sweet, and buttery, this sheep’s milk cheese is from Putney. It is widely regarded as one of the very best American made cheeses; it’s subtle sweetness will pair nicely with the Oktoberfest’s savory overtones.
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