Brabander goat's milk gouda is made in the Brabant region of southern Holland from the pasteurized milk of Saanen goats. It is aged by our dear friend Betty Koster who with her husband Martin own two amazing cheese shops in Amsterdam. Betty and Martin work closely with the producers to ensure great practices and high quality cheese. They select their wheels and age them at slightly warmer than normal temperatures which Betty believes help develop a greater complexity and depth of flavor. Brabander is dense and creamy with flavors of nut, caramel, hay and just a touch of gaminess.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Fromagerie L'Amuse/Essex St. Cheese Company
Place: Brabant, Holland
Milk Type: Goat
Age: 8-10 months
Pairing: Off dry Riesling, White ale
Historically all Red Leicester cheese was made in the county of Leicestershire in England, using raw milk. But until David and Jo Clarke decided to revive the practice in 2005, Red Leicester, in its traditional raw milk and clothbound incarnation, had been extinct for 50 years. Thanks to the Clarkes, we can enjoy the traditional raw milk version. This more mature, meatier version of Sparkenhoe Red Leicester is selected for us by Neal's Yard and aged for up to 12 months in total. Flavors are savory, brothy, and minerally, and the texture is dense.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Sparkenhoe Farm/Clark Family/NYD
Place: Leicestershire, England
Milk Type: Raw Cow
Age: 12 Months
Pairing: Rhône Red, IPA
Bayley Hazen Blue is a buttery, natural-rinded raw cow's milk blue cheese made by Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. Its texture is firm, dense, and fudgy. Reminiscent of Stilton, Bayley's flavors are approachable since the spiciness of the blue mold is balanced by buttery, sweet, milky notes. We often detect roasted hazelnuts, chocolate, fresh grass and sometimes licorice.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Jasper Hill Farm
Place: Greensboro, VT
Milk Type: Raw cow
Age: 3-4 months
Pairing: Riesling, Imperial Stout
Inspired by the Mediterranean, Firehook Crackers are baked with simple ingredients. They are crunchy, well-seasoned and the perfect foil for every cheese.
Vermont-made Blake Hill Preserves are a decadent match to cheese. This award-winning jam combines wild bergamot flowers with seasonal raspberries. It's a perfect combination.