October Is American Cheese Month

By on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

American Cheese Month is long overdue. After all, who are those haughty French with their Brie, Roquefort and Chèvre?!

Dozens of cheeses are produced domestically, and this month you can taste 45 of them at a special “cheese board” at Portland, Oregon’s Cheese Annex, Chizu, and Cheese Bar.

Here are some of the domestic varieties they’re offering:

Jasper Hill’s Alpha Tolman: Alpine-Style Raw Cow’s Milk from Vermont

Meadow Creek Grayson: Washed Rind Cow’s Milk from Virginia

Ancient Heritage Hannah: Raw Cow & Sheep’s Milk from Oregon

Sartori Bellavitano: Raspberry Lambic washed Cow’s Milk from Wisconsin

Point Reyes Bay Blue: Raw Cow’s Milk from California

Plus, cheese tastings are free; you can also enjoy an inexpensive glass of Spanish wine to augment the experience at Cheese Bar…or just buy a whole bottle. But at the Cheese Annex, buy a brewsie: it’s part of the Commons Brewery on Belmont Street.

Written by Laurie Wiegler

Laurie Wiegler is a Connecticut-based journalist who has written frequently about green living, science, and the environment for a range of publications including Toque, Slate, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, The Hartford Business Journal's Green Guide, AARP and Examiner.com. www.lauriewiegler.com

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