With a heft that stands up to charcuterie and pungent cheeses, Beer Flats crackers ($6.99 for 5.5 ounces) are made with whole grains, and craft pilsner or porter. Like malty flatbreads, the pilsner variety is also made with light rye flour and has a buttery flavor; the porter cracker is dense, baked with dark rye flour, cocoa, and molasses. From the Cincinnati company that makes Daelia’s Biscuits for Cheese, a fruit and nut cracker, owner and cheese industry veteran Maria Walley says the craft beer and artisanal cheese movement inspired her to come up with Beer Flats. “I wanted to make a cracker that would pair well,” she says. They’re also good to munch on solo. Available at Bee’s Knees Supply Co., 12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617-292-2337; Bloomy Rind, 21 Main St., Hingham, 781-740-1001; Gypsy Kitchen, 1241 Hancock St., Quincy, 617-847-1846 or go to www.beerflats.com.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND