Celebrate Oregon Cheese Month with Briar Rose Creamery Thursday, September 14th
This week we are continuing our celebration of Oregon Cheese Month with Sarah Marcus of Briar Rose Creamery! Sarah began working with cheese in 2005 when she began working as a cheesemonger at Cowgirl Creamery, in San Francisco. Working at Cowgirl Creamery was really the beginning of her career in cheese. In addition to working as a cheesemonger, Sarah spent time as an intern at Cowgirl Creamery’s cheesemaking facility in Point Reyes. Later she interned with cheesemakers in England, Spain, North Carolina, and Vermont. In 2008 Sarah and her husband Jim Hoffman founded Briar Rose Creamery in Dundee, Oregon where they currently make award winning cheeses.
Briar Rose Creamery is an artisan creamery, meaning that they make all their cheeses by hand. Sarah specializes in goat’s milk and occasionally works with cow’s milk. This Thursday Sarah will be offering tastes of three of her cheeses: Lorelei, Madrona, and Freya’s Wheel.
Lorelei is a semi-soft washed rind similar to an Italian robiola. Washed in Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Lorelei develops malty and meaty flavors and its small format encourages it to ripen into a gooey spreadable treat.
Madrona is a taleggio-style goat’s milk cheese. Sarah washes this cheese with a simple salt brine. It is semi-soft, with notes of citrus, a delicate grassiness, and a touch of funk.
Freya’s wheel is a bloomy rinded goat’s milk cheese that is formed using a kitchen colander. Using a colander causes this cheese to resemble a flying saucer. Freya has a fluffy rind and creamy interior, with notes of fresh cream, hazelnuts, and mushrooms.
Come meet Sarah and taste her beautiful goat cheeses this Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30!