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 toggle caption Claire O'Neill /NPR Opinion Pop Culture Happy Hour In Matchup Of Beer And Cheese, Everybody Wins — With A Good Coach February 3, 2012 Nothing classes up a Super Bowl party as effortlessly as some high-quality cheese. And nothing goes better with cheese than beer, says brewmaster Garrett Oliver. He shares a list of beers and cheeses that taste great together.