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Queso Diego Anniversary Party – No Regular February Meeting

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, we will be holding our annual “Bubbly and Cheese” pairing to celebrate Queso Diego’s 11th anniversary as a club. This is a special sit-down guided pairing event for members and their guests. If you would like to join as a member and attend, contact membership@quesodiego.org for details.

Members should have received the sign-up information via the club email list. If you are a member and did not, please contact the officers.

We will resume normal monthly meetings in March and we hope to see you then.

Queso Diego 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

Please join us to celebrate 10 years of Queso Diego with a CHEESE & MUSIC PAIRING, Tuesday, February 16, 6:30pm

We will be pairing the cheeses listed below with different genre of music to discover how the music impacts the taste, smell, and/or sensation of cheese. Several genres of music will be played for each cheese, including at least one from the country of origin for each cheese. Much like different wines, music can change the tasting profile of cheese.

Here’s how it works:

You obtain one, two, three, or all four of the cheeses (from your cheese cave, refrigerator, or local cheese shop).
You obtain one bottle of bubbly, after all this is our anniversary and traditionally, it is “bubbly and cheese” to celebrate. If desired, you acquire other liquid refreshments you’d like to enjoy during the pairing (some general and specific, non-alcoholic and alcoholic recommendations for each cheese are listed at the bottom, if you need some ideas).
Optional: Headphones/ear buds – wearing headphones/ear buds helps you focus on the music and blocks out background noise in your environment (e.g., sounds of traffic, barking dogs, sounds of refrigerator).
We supply the music, pairing presentation, and polling questions.

The Cheeses*


*Note: The countries listed for each cheese are commonly associated with the style. Feel free to vary, as needed or desired. For example, you could get a brie-style cheese from Germany or Vermont. Work with your local cheesemonger/cheese shop (e.g. Smallgoods and Venessimo).

Pairing Ideas**

FRENCH BRIE – Champagne, Pellegrino (w/lime), cider from Normandy, Saison or other farmhouse beer

SPANISH MANCHEGO (aged 6 mo) – Merlot, Green Tea, Spanish Sidra Cider, Nut Brown Ale, Tawny Port, Sherry, amber spirit (aka aged)

ITALIAN PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO – Champagne, Merlot, Chardonnay, Amber Ale, Moretti or Peroni beer

AMERICAN (USA) AGED CHEDDAR (3 – 5 years) – Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Black Tea, 2 Towns Bad Apple Cider, Sherry, Stout, Alaskan or Stone Smoked Porter, German Rauchbier, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Anchor Steam Beer

**The celebration will be focused on cheese and music pairings (i.e., beverage pairings optional)

A Zoom link was sent to the club email list. If you didn’t receive it, contact the officers.

No Regular February Meeting – Anniversary Event

Bubbly and Cheese

In place of the regular February meeting, we are holding our annual “Bubbly and Cheese” anniversary pairing event to celebrate 9 years as a club. This special members-only multi-course pairing event is sold out, so if you missed your chance to buy tickets, make sure to purchase your tickets early next year. This event is held at a different location that is better suited for a sit-down pairing, so we will not be at AleSmith.

We will resume regular meetings next month with our March 17th meeting at AleSmith. Check back for additional details.

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

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Our first general meeting of the year is next week. Tuesday, February 19th, 6:30 PM at AleSmith Brewing Company.

We’re starting the year with a little ”History of Cheese”, presented by Marci Richards.

As always, the meeting will start at 6:30 PM with social time and our amazing potluck filled with cheese and cheesy things brought by all of you to share. Feel free to bring something. We can have homebrew but no commercial beer or wine.

PLEASE, no sharing of food until the table cloths are on the tables at 6:30 PM. At 7:00 PM we will start the formal meeting.

Remember, the weather is a bit cool and the brewery can be chilly so bring a wrap or jacket. Also, bring a chair for maximum comfort. We don’t have access to chairs at the brewery.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

We will be having our first traditional Queso Diego Meeting of 2018 next Tuesday, February 20th. As always, it will be held at:

AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 Alesmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM with sharing of cheese (homemade or otherwise) and cheese friendly foods, homemade alcoholic beverages, and any other food or non-alcoholic beverage you would like to share. AleSmith beer is available for purchase (no other commercial alcoholic beverages can be served at the brewery).

The Cheese of the Month for February is Bloomy-Rind Cheese. If you have one you would like to share, we would like to try it. For that matter, any other kind of cheese is welcome.

At 7:00 PM we start the formal meeting with a summary of past and upcoming club events and meeting plans and we always provide a chance to talk about your homemade cheeses and to discuss cheesemaking and answer cheese-related questions.

This month’s presentation will be by Peter Zien, owner of AleSmith, a member of Queso Diego and soon to be a professional cheesemaker. Peter will tell us about his latest venture, CheeseSmith, a creamery that is nearing completion on the AleSmith premises. We are excited to hear the CheeseSmith story.

Please remember to bring a chair and wear something warm as we meet in the brewery, which can be chilly in the winter.

If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues, please be prepared to pay $20 for individuals or $30 for a family to our new Membership Officer, Olaf Walter.

We are looking forward to sharing cheese and the joy of cheesemaking with you, Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM. Please join us.

Please RSVP for the meeting using the form found via this link:

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

The February Queso Diego meeting will focus on Mediterranean Cheeses, presented by Chris Banker. We will explore the wide variety of unique cheeses that are traditionally made in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on many of the lesser-known cheesemaking areas. Many of these cheeses are very conducive to being made at home, and we will have a lot of information about how to make them yourself.

This meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday February 16th at AleSmith Brewery – 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego (http://www.alesmith.com).

VENUE NOTES: Please note that this is a new venue for us and some of the logistics are different than past meetings. We will need to bring our own chairs, so please bring a folding chair. If you have a folding table you are able to bring, please also consider bringing it. AleSmith has a great selection of their beers available and due to license restrictions, AleSmith cannot allow outside alcohol to be brought in. Please refrain from bringing outside beer, wine, and homebrew to the event. Cheese and food are still fine, so please consider bringing something to share. See additional notes below.

Please RSVP using the link below as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:


Information on the venue change:

The Queso Diego Board of Officers has been hard at work securing a new location for our 2016 meetings. Our new VP, Earl Itrich, has been working with AleSmith Brewery and has succeeded in obtaining our space with them for our meeting this month!

More from Earl:
As many of our members are aware our previous meeting host, Bill Tall of City Farmers Market, is having health difficulties which necessitates relocating our meeting place. Our best thoughts and wishes are for his speedy recovery.

It is not particularly easy to find a replacement venue to host our gathering, with its requirements for a larger group, for food sharing and slide show presentations. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing stepped forward offering space in his facility for us to continue meeting. Perhaps unknown to many is that the third phase of construction at the location scheduled for this summer is to include offices, a Museum to Tony Gwynn, and CheeseSmith, a cheese creamery and retail store. Peter has training and several years’ experience in cheese making, and is bringing that passion to commercial fruition.

So, during our meetings we will have access to world award-winning brews, and ultimately to varieties of cheeses we may not find anywhere else! Not to mention the opportunity to have Peter and his crew talk to us about various aspects of cheese making and perhaps to conduct tours. How cool is that?

So, starting with our next meeting on February 16th, we will meet at AleSmith (the new location).

Here is some information you will need:

The new AleSmith location is at 9990 AleSmith Court. This is accessed from Miramar Road—AleSmith Court used to be called Empire St., and is the first traffic light east of the Pyramid. It is a T intersection, so you can only turn north, travel a half block, and end up driving directly into AleSmith’s parking lot. It’s really big—you can’t miss it!

Entrances: There is a big patio with access to the Tasting Room, an office door near the front corner of the building into the merchandise store, and there will be an open door on the south side of the building near the store with a Queso Diego sign posted. You can use any of the entrances, but may find it more convenient to use our side entrance and make your way to the tasting room from inside the building.

Seating: none at this time. Unless we want to sit on concrete or stand, we all need to bring our own folding chairs, campstools, beach chairs, etc. The Board is trying to provide enough tables for food, but feel free to bring one if you have it.

Restrooms: there are two sets of restrooms available for us; one in the merchandise store, and another by the north end of the patio.

Alcohol: Sorry—the state agency (ABC) has determined that AleSmith’s liquor license doesn’t allow (making it illegal) to bring in any form of alcoholic beverage and drink it on premises. If that happens and it is caught, then AleSmith can have their license suspended or revoked, putting them out of business. This prohibition means we cannot jeopardize Peter’s business by sneaking in wine, homebrew, etc. If some of us can’t find anything at the tasting room bar to quench our thirst, then in the future it would be legal for AleSmith to order commercial wine from a distributor, and sell it at a cash bar. Don’t blame AleSmith—it’s the government protecting us from ourselves again. ‘Nuff said.

Through AleSmith, we will be able to continue making presentations with a projector, to be broadcast on a large white wall. It should be easier to be seen by more people.

Due to liability issues, we have been asked that no one wander around the brewhouse at will. The only way to check out the impressive beer production facility is by appointment and with an AleSmith employee. Thanks for understanding.

All in all, this move looks to be a win-win for the club and eventually for AleSmith. So, come and enjoy the first meeting in our new location February 16th!