Beer-washed cheeses ain’t cheap—and their delicate flavours could get lost in a grilled sandwich. So why not infuse beer into the bread instead? I tried Steam Whistle pilsner with an easy-melting Alpine-style gouda — the beer’s lightly grassy and the naturally bready flavours found a friend in the creamy, mildly fruity cheese.

Just mix one egg, a tablespoon of flour, a sprinkle of salt and 1/2 cup of your favourite beer together and pour into a shallow pan.

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Soak each slice of bread in the beer batter, leave for a few seconds to absorb, and then fill with cheese and your other favourite fixings – I like bacon, avocado, turkey slices or pickled beets – then grill both sides until brown and crisp, and cheese is melted. Hot tip: I used a day-old baguette, and let the beer absorb for a few seconds longer to create flavour without sogginess.

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Amp things up by drinking the crisp pilsner alongside the rich cheesy sandwich—it’ll cut right through the fat to refresh your tastebuds for the next bite.

I can think of other great beer and cheese pairings that would be fun to try:
IPA + Aged Cheddar on Whole Wheat
Nut Brown Ale + Aged Gouda, like Beemster on Rye
Barley Wine or Old English Ale + Roquefort Blue on Cranberry Walnut Bread
Witbier + Brie on Sourdough

I’d love to hear your ideas!