A judge smells a block of cheese at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. Judges carefully appraise a cheese's look, smell and texture before they taste it and spit it out. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association hide caption

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When they work well, beer and cheese pairings offer both harmony and contrast, says Garrett Oliver, editor of The Oxford Companion to Beer. See a list of pairings below. Claire O'Neill /NPR hide caption

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Americans eat about 31 pounds of cheese per person each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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