Those Beekman Boys continue to impress. While their show The Fabulous Beekman Boys awaits the move to its new home on the Cooking Channel, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who run a beautiful goat farm in upstate New York, are absolutely still fabulous.
Last night at the Beekman Beer Garden in New York’s South Street Seaport area, the wellies-wearing duo celebrated the launch of their new Beekman 1802 Blaak cheese in typical Beekman Boys fashion. Complete with a red carpet entrance and scenic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, their guests sampled the (ridiculously delicious) cheese with Ommegang Brewery’s limited edition Biere D’Hougoumont, which was specially brewed to be paired with the Beekman 1802 Blaak.
Unlike any other cheese, Beekman 1802 Blaak is made with 60% raw goat and 40% raw cow milks. The cheese is produced from March until October while the animals are feeding on new-growth pastures. Each wheel is coated with vegetable ash and cave-aged for three months as it creates a natural black, edible rind. Its drinking partner, Biere D’Hougoumont, is a French-style farmhouse ale aged on white oak and maple wooden staves. This tasty collaboration with Ommegang offers a strong argument that beer can easily replace the traditional wine and cheese pairing.
In addition to getting your hands on a wheel of Blaak, we highly recommend picking up a copy of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s hilarious book, The Bucolic Plague, a narrative about how two Manhattinites left the crazy city life to become “gentleman farmers” upstate. Maybe enjoy a Biere D’Hougoumont and a slice of cheese as you relax and read about the fabulous Beekman Boys and their fabulous goats.