I am not, nor would I pretend to be, a cheese expert, but I will tell you this beer and cheese just works! The Vella website has this to say about this cheese:
Made like fresh Monterey Jack and further aged for another 7 to 10 months. Firm, pale yellow with a sweet nutty flavor. This cheese is great for grating, shredding, slicing, cooking or just plain eating. Marvelous in toasted cheese sandwiches, omelets and souffles. Delicious shredded on pasta, soups or tacos --for a taste that is unique and special. Can also be added to casseroles and enchiladas. Dry Monterey Jack will become one of your favorites!It did become one of my favorites, and a much larger quantity will be procured for the PBN 2008 Barleywine Festival I've started piecing together.
Before tonight, I'd never heard of Vella Cheese, so you can imagine my surprise to learn they're regional! Yes, these guys made their cheese in Sonoma - which makes a great detour when you're out sampling the better reds of the region. For more info on them, check out their site.
How was the Old Foghorn? As good as you'd think it was.