What is the best beer to pair with Grana Padano cheese?

As with wine, pairing beer with food offers an opportunity to bring out the characteristics of both elements. Tanginess, sweetness, fatty quality, acidity, bitterness, oiliness, succulence, and flavour and aroma length are generally the characteristics of a beer which need to be taken into account when considering the best foods to pair with it. Always in general terms – and personal taste aside – Grana Padano at all stages of ageing pairs well with beers featuring plenty of fizz, high alcohol, and tannins.

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Grana Padano
9-16 months

Recommended pairings: Best Bitter, Brown Ale, Cream Ale, Italian Grape Ale (sour and white grape), Irish Red, Marzen, Münchner, Porter
In particular we recommend pairing these Grana Padano PDO types with:

Best Bitter

A British style, reminiscent of British pubs with their long history and traditions, loved the world over and frequently to be found in the portfolios of craft and beer producers.
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A British style dating back to the 18th century which has been frequently adapted over the years to meet the preferences of its many consumers.
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Italian Grape Ale (sour e a bacca bianca)

A fully Italian style and method for a popular ale offering a wide range of different characteristics and great variety.
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Grana Padano aged
Over 16 months

Recommended pairings: Belgian Blond Ale, Bière de Garde (Blond or Ambrée), Festbier, Helles Bock, Saison (standard), Scotch Ale
In particular, try these Grana Padano PDO types with:

Belgian Blonde Ale

The name is a clear indication of its geographical origin: starting from the lands on the border between Wallonia and Flanders, however, this type of beer has been emulated everywhere.
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Strong Scotch Ale o Wee Heavy

The first of these two stylistic denominations (broadly equivalent in meaning and in modern parlance by both producers and consumers) is a clear indication of the provenance of a type which is not only made in Scotland but all around the world to some extent.
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Helles Bock

This is a beer with German origins, dating in particular to the Middle Ages and the town of Einbeck in Lower Saxony.
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Grana Padano
PDP Riserva aged
Over 20 months

Recommended pairings: Belgian Strong Ale, British Strong Ale, Doppelbock, Dubbel, Italian Grape Ale (with cooked must), Old Ale, Weizenbock.
In particular, we recommend pairing the more mature Grana Padano PDO cheeses with:

Belgian Dubbel

The style belongs to the so-called Trappist family of beers. Whilst these derive in general from Monasteries and not to a specific geographical context, it was in Belgium that the sensory profile we associate with this type of beer took shape.
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale

The name is a clear indication of its geographical origin. The appeal and power of this type of beer have transcended well beyond the borders of Flanders and Wallonia and it is both made and drunk throughout the vast beer drinking world.
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Italian Grape Ale (with cooked must)

A style name clearly designed to underline the geographical location where the type originated from, but which in no way precludes the beer’s production protocol from being used outside its place of origin.
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Grana Padano

Recommended pairings: Black IPA, English Barleywine, Eisbock, Oud Bruin, Tripel
In particular we recommend pairing the more mature Grana Padano PDO cheeses with:


This style originated in Belgium but it has become popular and consumed all over the world, with some excellent Tripels now also made outside Belgium.
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Black IPA

A recently invented style which originated in the United States, the nation in which craft beermaking was reborn globally and which has left its mark on new generation beers, in particular those with a strong hoppy flavour.
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