Cheddars of Great Britain
We are currently stocked up on British cheddars. Cheddar is not just a type of cheese but also the technique used to make this style of cheese. Originating in the southwestern corner of England, cheddaring is a process where curd is cut and stacked, repeatedly turned in order to remove whey. This process gives cheddars a distinct texture and and acidity.
Here’s a list of what we’ve got in stock right now:
Lincolnshire Poacher – We just received a 38.5 pound wheel (pictured above) of this beautiful cheese. It was made in July of 2018 by Simon Jones, a fourth generation cheesemaker. Lincolnshire Poacher is made from raw cow’s milk and combines the traditional cheddaring process with techniques used to make alpine style cheeses such as the French Comte. This cheese has a golden yellow paste which is a result of pasture fed cows. It has pleasant grassy notes with a touch of nutty sweetness.
Montgomery’s Cheddar – A clothbound raw cow’s milk cheese made by James Montgomery in North Cadbury of Somerset, England and aged by Neal’s Yard Dairy. Montgomery’s Cheddar has been made since 1911. Over the last 50 years there have only been three head cheesemakers. It continues to be made following the same recipe, using animal rennet and be wrapped with cloth and rubbed with lard. The final cheese is a bit crumbly, with rich brothy notes.
Quicke’s Cheddar – The Quicke Family has been farming in Newton St Cyres, in Devon, England for over 400 years. It was over 40 years ago when Sir John Quicke built the farm’s dairy. Today, his daughter, Mary Quicke continues to make award winning cheeses on the farm. The traditional farmhouse cheddar is made with heritage starter cultures and bound in cloth, giving it a unique flavor profile that represents the countryside where it is made.
Hafod – Hafod is a clothbound cheddar made on the organic dairy farm, Bwlchwernen Fawr in Ceredigion, Wales. The Holden family developed the cheddar recipe for Hafod in 2005 with the help of a local cheesemaker, Dougal Campbell. Today, Sam and Rachel Holden make approximately 250 kg of Hafod every other day with the milk from their Ayrshire dairy farm. Hafod is also a clothbound cheddar that is aged for approximately 16 months. Hafod is dense and crumbly with notes of fresh grass and caramel.
Woodbox Cider Tasting
Wednesday, June 26th
In honor of Portland Cider week Woodbox Cider will be hosting a tasting at Cheese Bar TONIGHT from 5:30 to 7:30. Woodbox Cider is a family owned and operated cider company that works with local farms to make wild fermented, dry ciders. Owner and cider maker, Mike Theirfelder will be pouring three Woodbox Ciders: Heritage, Hibiscus, and Double Barrel Ice Cider. There will be a cheese pairing available to accompany each cider. We hope you can join us and try these delicious, local beverages!
Italian Wine Tasting
Thursday, June 27th, 5:30 to 7:30
This week we are taking a trip to Italy with Susan Navarre of Corridor 5. She will pouring wines four superb wines from Marche, Abruzzo, and Campania. Please come by the shop, have a taste and chat with Susan.
As usual the tasting is complimentary and the wines are discounted tomorrow night only. See you there!
6031 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215
Tue-Sun 11 am – 11 pm