Surprise! Wine is not the only alcohol that can be paired with cheese. In fact, beer does a much better job. It is much harder for a cheese to compliment a wine since cheese coats the palate, thus diminishing the taste of the wine. The carbonation in beer does the opposite. It cleanses the palate, which allows more flavors in the mouth. Just like different food pairings, there is a cheese to match any beer. This is a result of the wide range of tastes on both sides, and the similarities they share in production.
In the past, it was very common for beer and cheese to be made by the same individual. Since the Middle Ages, Belgium monasteries were famous for their outstanding cheeses and beers. Not only were the two a part of the monks' daily diet, but were also means of generating money. Garret Oliver, of the Brooklyn Brewery, pointed out that cheese is grass transformed by microbes in a cow, just like beer, although not in a cow. Imagine a world filled with beer cows... Cow tipping anyone?