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Cheese

Trifecta

Crown Finish Caves / Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. - Brooklyn, NY / Old Chatham, NY

The traditional definition of trifecta is when a person accurately bets on the top three finishers in a horse race. In the case of this cheese, the top three finishers are cows, sheep, and beer! These little squares of buttery goodness are crafted by Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, and then sent down to Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn for finishing. The young cheeses are washed with beer from Threes Brewing (yet another Trifecta reference for ya..) giving them a slight fruity funk. The texture and flavor of Trifecta is sublime - think silky, creamy sheep butter with a hint of pepper and barnyard. Aged 4 weeks.

Cheese Stats

Milk Type: sheep and cow

Milk Treatment: pasteurized

Rennet: vegetarian

Style: bloomy

Texture: soft

Age: 4-6 weeks

Size: 4oz wheel

 

Invierno - Two Year Aged

Vermont Shepherd - Westminster, VT)

 Queso del Invierno translates to 'Winter Cheese' as it is made to age and ripen during Vermont's long winter months. Sheep are very seasonal in their milk production, and are usually milked for just 5-6 months of the year. Traditionally, Vermont Shepherd made pure sheeps' milk cheese from April through October, and would sell through its inventory long before the new season's batch was ready. A few years back, Invierno, a mixed milk cheese made from cow & sheeps' milk was born, and has given us all a reason to celebrate winter! The texture is smooth and firm, and the flavor is bright and nutty with a hint of pleasantly sour citrus. Please note that all cheeses are cut to order in half pound increments, meaning that there will be a slight variance in weight. Rest assured you'll never receive less than the quantity you order, but you might score a little bit more!

This special reserve Invierno is cave aged for over two years to eke even more flavor from the delicious cow and sheeps’ milk used to make it. The texture is dense and firm, not unlike Parmigiano Reggiano, and is studded with crystalline clusters of protein. The cheese is bold, brash, nutty, and fruity with hints of oxidization like you’d find in aged sherry. The finish is salty with a touch of barnyard. All in all the extra aged Invierno packs a delightful wallop that tickles the tastebuds. Aged for a minimum of 24 months.

Cheese Stats

Milk Type: sheep and cow

Milk Treatment: raw

Rennet: vegetarian

Style: natural rind

Texture: semi-firm

Age: 5-7 months

Size: 6lb wheel

 

Middlebury Blue

Blue Ledge Farm - Salisbury, Vermont

Described by the farmer as ‘town meets gown’, which refers to the unique social ecosystem that surrounds the quaint, beautiful town of Middlebury, Vermont. A little bit refined (i.e. the polished academic side of Middlebury College) and a little bit crusty Vermont (the down home surrounding countryside) Middlebury Blue is made from the milk of Ayrshire cows who reside close to Blue Ledge at the Crawford Family Farm and is aged for 60 days or longer. The paste breaks down near the rind, resulting in a creamy layer of sweet barnyard goodness, and stays a bit firmer in the center, allowing for some bright acidic notes to contradict the more mellow, milky exterior.

Cheese Stats

Milk Type: cow

Milk Treatment: raw

Rennet: animal

Style: blue

Texture: semi-firm

Age: 2 months or more

Size: 6lb wheel