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Elina and Sarah, two 16 year olds from Germany came back to Beal Lodge for a second year running and we were very happy to welcome them back for some cheese-making, farming and general fun.

Here’s what they had to say about their visit! :
The stay this year was our second stay at Béal farm. Last [...]

We’ve had an eventful Summer in Beal. In total, we’ve had 7 students come to stay on the farm- 4 German girls, 1 French girl and 2 Americans. They’ve helped on the farm, seen the sights of Kerry and livened up the family home. There’s been cheese-making, piglet moving, mud-fighting and house painting! It couldn’t [...]

Kate Carmody, owner of Beal Organic Cheese is interviewed by Mark Little in 2010. Check out her interview here!

Christmas is very near, the last presents are being bought and the food shopping has to be done! We have started our ordering and purchasing in Beal which mainly comprises of (so far) an Organic Turkey, lots of Beal Cheese (we didn’t have to go far ), Organic ham (from our very own organic [...]

Last year, as some of you might remember, we ran our annual Beal Organic Cheese Christmas Competition whereby we asked you to guess the amount of cheese (by weight) in a photograph on our facebook page….Well done to our winners .
Well, it’s that time of the year again. This time we are asking our [...]

For the months of November, December and January 2011; Beal Organic Cheese tastings will be taking place in a variety of outlets across Ireland. Our mild and mature cheddars are now available in a variety of new outlets now so a big thanks to everyone for the support to this point.For more information on our [...]

Our German work placement students Sarah and Elina have spent four weeks at Beal Lodge gaining experience, improving their language skills and learning about the Irish Culture. They are leaving next week and were kind enough to share their thoughts with us.
We, Elina and Sarah (15 years old) are from a Waldorf School in Germany [...]

Beal Organic Cheese fans´ wait is over as February 2011 sees the long anticipated re-launch of the Company´s famously delicious mature cheddar. This comes after an unfortunate 6 month absence of the 9 month old cheddar from the Irish farmhouse cheese market.
The cheese is hitting the shelves with a brand new snazzy label….

We are going to introduce a number of guest bloggers over the coming months. This will give everyone some insight into a spectrum of themes and industries as well as perspectives.
This is our first entry by Jeremy Shaw of Iberian Wine tours-what we like to call an expert in his field. Have a read of [...]

We are giving away THREE hampers to the value of 200euro each comprising of
Beal Mild Cheddar,
French Organic Wine
A voucher for a fab excursion with Iberian Wine Tours).
A mix of useful Organic Products.
All you have to do is guess the weight of the cheese in this photo.

Mail the answer (along with your name, number) via Facebook (www.facebook.com/bealorganiccheese) [...]

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Second Time Round!

September 3rd, 2012

Elina and Sarah, two 16 year olds from Germany came back to Beal Lodge for a second year running and we were very happy to welcome them back for some cheese-making, farming and general fun.

Here’s what they had to say about their visit! :

The stay this year was our second stay at Béal farm. Last year we stayed for one month on the farm. We learned a lot, we got to meet nice people and learned many things about the Irish culture.  Because we had such a great time last year we wanted to come back. This winter we told our American friends about Béal and so the idea was born to meet at Béal and to visit Kate, Bridget, Molly and June during our summer holidays.

This summer we stayed for two weeks with the Carmodys and it was as good as the last spring! We were there when a calf was born, helped on the farm, with the milking and we got to make the delicious cheese. The birth of the calf was a very unique experience.

We didn’t only stay on the farm, they took us to other places and showed us the beautiful Ireland. So we learned also a lot about Irish culture, heritage and life.

Thank you Kate, Molly, Bridget and June for the wonderful time!

Elina and Sarah

A very busy Summer at Beal Lodge…

August 23rd, 2012

We’ve had an eventful Summer in Beal. In total, we’ve had 7 students come to stay on the farm- 4 German girls, 1 French girl and 2 Americans. They’ve helped on the farm, seen the sights of Kerry and livened up the family home. There’s been cheese-making, piglet moving, mud-fighting and house painting! It couldn’t have been any more dynamic or fun :) .

Everyone has all been a pleasure to have to stay and please, come back soon!

If you are interested in a work placement on Beal Farm, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Kate: cait@eircom.net or calling +353868239582

Kate Carmody, Blue Sky Day 2010!

January 22nd, 2012

Kate Carmody, owner of Beal Organic Cheese is interviewed by Mark Little in 2010. Check out her interview here!

Beal Organic Cheese Accompaniments

December 19th, 2011

Christmas is very near, the last presents are being bought and the food shopping has to be done! We have started our ordering and purchasing in Beal which mainly comprises of (so far) an Organic Turkey, lots of Beal Cheese (we didn’t have to go far :) ), Organic ham (from our very own organic pigs) and our trifle sponges. We have a larder full of wine, nibbles and all things organic and tasty!

When breaking out the cheese board this Christmas, apart from suggested cheese types (as we suggested a Blue Cheese, Soft Cheese, Goat’s Cheese and a Cheddar is our favorite combination), have a think about what will be served along with cheese. The options are endless.

We’ve tried and tested some delicious sauces, breads and crackers to accompany our cheeses in Beal. Here is a sneak peek of what we enjoy:

1. Ballymaloe Relish (usually the normal relish but there is a variety to choose from including cranberry).

2. Chutneys/red onion jams (there’s a number of them to choose from or what not try to make some yourself?).

3.Tomato and Fennel seed bread (available in your local food stores).

4. Spiced oaty crackers/selection of crackers (again, there’s hundreds to choose from).

5. Fruit fruit and more fruit (grapes, apple and cranberries taste wonderful with cheese. Try different food combinations).

6. A glass of Red wine (we drink a French Organic wine called Lou pas d’estrech and adore it with our mature cheddar in particular).

Have you tried anything different when serving your cheese boards? Let us know if you have any tasty suggestions. Post your photos or mail us at info@bealorganiccheese.com

Beal Organic Cheese Competition

November 27th, 2011

Last year, as some of you might remember, we ran our annual Beal Organic Cheese Christmas Competition whereby we asked you to guess the amount of cheese (by weight) in a photograph on our facebook page….Well done to our winners :) .

Well, it’s that time of the year again. This time we are asking our fans, followers, cheese LOVERS to share their favourite Beal Organic Cheese sandwich with us via facebook (photos are welcome) or if you wish, you can mail your sandwich recipe to info@bealorganiccheese.com

The best sandwich wins. So, what’s the prize?

1 Copy of Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland (signed copy), the Brand new leabhar by Glynn Anderson and John Mc Laughlin, a selection of cheeses (Beal cheeses) and lots of other Organic goodies (namely wine and organic treats).

We are offering a selection of cheeses to 1 runner up :) .

Win some goodies with Beal Organic Cheese..!

This Competition is open to the Republic of Ireland applicants only (apologies for any inconvenience caused)….! Deadline for all entries is the 11/12/2011 @ midnight!

For more information, ask us on facebook (Beal Organic Cheese) or email us at info@bealorganiccheese.com

Beal Organic Cheese Tastings

November 22nd, 2011

For the months of November, December and January 2011; Beal Organic Cheese tastings will be taking place in a variety of outlets across Ireland. Our mild and mature cheddars are now available in a variety of new outlets now so a big thanks to everyone for the support to this point.For more information on our upcoming events, check out the Beal Organic Cheese Facebook page!

Sarah and Elina’s visit to Beal Lodge…..

May 18th, 2011

Our German work placement students Sarah and Elina have spent four weeks at Beal Lodge gaining experience, improving their language skills and learning about the Irish Culture. They are leaving next week and were kind enough to share their thoughts with us.

We, Elina and Sarah (15 years old) are from a Waldorf School in Germany and we have spent our work experience placement here at Beal Lodge. We had a very warm welcome here in Ireland! Beal Lodge is a beautiful farm placed by the Atlantic Ocean. There are many lovely animals and people! Four dogs ( Cassie, Delialah, Bubbles and Jessie), three cats (Bumblebee, Ceaser and Porcha), three kittens (Cutiepie,Chester and Buttercup), a lot of cows, a lamb (Gavin), three pigs (Mr. Pig………….)and 19 piglets. We often milk the cows and help with other things like setting potatoes or cleaning the cheeseroom. We are very exited to make cheese! It is one of the best cheese we have ever tasted. Kate, Bridget and Molly take us often with them to sightseeingplaces in this area. We have a very good time here and we are so sad to leave this wonderful place.

Elina and Sarah.

Beal Mature Cheddar is back!

February 1st, 2011

Beal Organic Cheese fans´ wait is over as February 2011 sees the long anticipated re-launch of the Company´s famously delicious mature cheddar. This comes after an unfortunate 6 month absence of the 9 month old cheddar from the Irish farmhouse cheese market.

The cheese is hitting the shelves with a brand new snazzy label….

Cheese tasting adventure at Christmas?

December 15th, 2010

We are going to introduce a number of guest bloggers over the coming months. This will give everyone some insight into a spectrum of themes and industries as well as perspectives.

This is our first entry by Jeremy Shaw of Iberian Wine tours-what we like to call an expert in his field. Have a read of this for some tips on types of wine to enjoy with certain cheddars and some recommendations of the best wines for the festive season.


Most memorable meals have a touch of the unexpected and so it was when I made the acquaintance of Kate and June Carmody at the Food and Wine Show in the RDS in November. Visitors on Friday enjoyed a glass of Spanish red wine on my stand or a piece of organic cheese at the Beal stand. Visitors for the rest of the weekend had the luck to be able to try both at both stands (and many did indeed do the double) after we joined forces. The wine and cheese combination was heartily approved and has since got me thinking – maybe we’re all missing out on some fun ways to enjoy cheese (and wine) more, so here’s a few of my suggestions to try at home over the holidays.

  • The French way

When I studied in Paris, my Bordeaux uncle would open a bottle of wine at every meal, often only for the cheese, which we ate after the main course but before dessert with some tasty French bread. If you can’t justify a new bottle at that stage of the meal, try some Beal’s mild with a glass of merlot and you might develop a new habit.

  • The Spanish way

My Spanish father in law has retained some French habits from a spell  there in the 60s (e.g. cheese before dessert) but most Spaniards look at you strangely if you try this. They tend to enjoy cheese as one of their tapas before lunch (often accompanied by a slice of Spanish ham or chorizo) or in the early evening merienda (snack between lunch and the evening meal). Just think, you could have your own mini tour of Spain without leaving the fireplace.

  • Cheese for breakfast

Most good European hotels offer cheese at breakfast, along with cold meats. In Spain cheese and quince jelly (membrillo) is viewed as a Christmas treat for dessert or breakfast, so why not give it a try – what’s the worst that could happen?

  • Unexpected ingredients

You expect cheese with your pasta but a subtle taste of cheddar in a salad gives it an unusual twist. Christmas needs imagination for the leftovers, so why not try a few slivers of Beal cheese and some Christmas nuts with your salad leaves. As for the other ideas you might need a glass of something soothing, so don’t forget the wine.

  • Wine and Beal cheese

Some foolish souls think that wine and cheddar are a poor match. As always, the important thing with wine matching is to find the combination that you like best (and to put in some hard tasting hours to find the right match).

Some combinations to get you started

Mild

This is likely to work best with lighter, less tannic reds or some whites. A nice merlot or a young Rioja could work well for you, as could a chardonnay (not too oaked) or a pinot gris/grigio.

Mature (pasteurised)

The stronger flavours probably need a decent Bordeaux or Rioja (or any predominantly cabernet sauvignon red), although a syrah/shiraz based wine will work well too such (e.g. a Rhone red or a Priorat red from Spain)

Mature cheddar (raw milk)

The strength of flavour needs a robust red to match, so try the Rhone, Priorat or shiraz reds with this or even venture into LBV Port or oloroso sherry territory.

    I trust that the Carmodys will put some effort over Christmas into finding out their favourite wine matches for Beal cheese and maybe let us know the results in the New Year.

    Suggested wines

    Mild: Domain Felines Jourdan Merlot €9.55, winedirect.ie., Domaine Begude chardonnay €8, SuperQuinn, Terraze della Luna Pinot Grigio Trentino €7, Superquinn

    Mature: Joseph Syrah 2008 vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes €14.99 , theWineStore.ie, Rioja Reservas bodegas Muga €18.50, O’Briens and various, Celler Cecilio 2009 Priorat €9.90, PradoRey roble 2008 Ribera del Duero €7.35 (vinissimus.co.uk, approx €25 euro per case delivery)

    Niepoort LBV 2005 €21.50, Redmonds and various, Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Oloroso Dulce muy Viejo €16.49, Bradleys Cork

    For more information on Iberian Wine Tours (or to ask Jeremy something on the subject of wine), visit www.iberianwinetours.com

    We are also giving away three vouchers courtesy of Jeremy as part of our Christmas hamper Competition. Check out the latest Beal Organic Cheese Blog entry for more details.

    Beal Organic Cheese Competition Time

    December 14th, 2010

    We are giving away THREE hampers to the value of 200euro each comprising of

    Beal Mild Cheddar,

    French Organic Wine

    A voucher for a fab excursion with Iberian Wine Tours).

    A mix of useful Organic Products.

    All you have to do is guess the weight of the cheese in this photo.


    Mail the answer (along with your name, number) via Facebook (www.facebook.com/bealorganiccheese) OR email it to info@bealorganiccheese.com

    CLOSING DATE IS SUNDAY DECEMBER 19TH!



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