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The Bigger Cheesetique

Posted in District of Columbia by melissamccart on February 24, 2008

logo.gifBeer lovers, rejoice. New digs aren’t all that’s new at Del Ray’s Cheesetique.  “I just didn’t have the space to do beer justice,” said Cheeselady Jill Erber of the original space.  Now customers will find craft-brewed pilsners, lambics, IPAs, and stouts, among others.

And while many of her customers associate wine with cheese, she suggests beer pairings. “Cheese has alot of fat, God bless it,” she said, “And fat coats the palate. You want something acidic to cut through it. Beer not only has the acid, it has effervescence that’s a natural palate cleanser.”

Starting next week, guests can pair beer with cheeses at the back bar, which will also feature charcuterie, fruits, fondue of the day, quiche, and other cheese-themed entrees.  Vinophiles can still order wine with their cheeses, but don’t be surprised if the server suggests a spicy Gewurztraminer rather than a glass of big red.

(And what’s going on in the old space?  Let’s Meat On the Avenue, an all-natural butcher: the first of two slated for the same street.)

Cheesetique. 2411 Mt. Vernon Ave. Del Ray.

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  1. houndstooth1 said, on February 25, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Just a small correction-the butcher shop is “Let’s Meat on the Avenue”. There’s going to be no shortage of meat and charcuterie on Mt. Vernon Ave!

  2. melissamccart said, on February 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks so much. I was thinkin’ musicals while I was writing this apparently.


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