Traditionally, clothbound cheddar is created by wrapping a cheddar wheel in cloth bandages, covering it in lard to form a natural rind, and aged. Face Rock takes a unique approach and coats its wheels in butter made on site at the creamery using the same milk that goes into the cheese. Wedges of Face Rock clothbound, aged at least 13 months, present a flaky, creamy texture flecked by the crunchy crystals that indicate a premium aged cheddar.
“We are honored to bring home a Good Food Award alongside the nation’s finest food artisans,” shared Face Rock President Greg Drobot. “Clothbound is not commonly produced in America, but it is a favorite for anyone who loves a cheddar experience that is beyond the norm. We’re proud that our Clothbound is becoming known nation-wide as one of the best.”
Face Rock Clothbound Cheddar was one of 220 winning products that rose to the top from 2,035 entries. The Clothbound also brought home a gold medal at the 2018 American Cheese Society competition, making it a banner year for this rare style of cheese.
About Face Rock Creamery
Launched in May, 2013, Face Rock Creamery makes fine hand crafted cheddar and fromage blanc in the southern coastal town of Bandon, Oregon, an area known for cheeesemaking since the 1880s. Face Rock cheese is available at the creamery, through the online store, and in retail locations across a growing swath of the United States.