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No Rush Creek Reserve for 2014 due to FDA “cheesemaker beware” threat

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

The rumors are true. Start looking for alternatives for the holiday cheeseboard this year since Uplands Cheese will no longer be producing wheels of fromage favorite, Rush Creek Reserve. Cheesemaker Andy Hatch confirmed today that, due to the FDA’s recent regulations regarding wood-board storage and threat of unknown future interference with raw-milk cheese production, it was too high a risk to produce the wonderful wheels only to chance them being pulled from the market. Hatch, as most in the cheese world knows, is a perfectionist at his craft, and to dedicate so much care, attention, and love to a product only to have it go to waste was not an option, so the decision was made to not even begin the process. Uplands Cheese will still have Pleasant Ridge Reserve available for us turophiles to enjoy and Hatch is working on a new cheese, yet it is still in the creative stages. Let’s all hope, pray, keep our fingers crossed, maybe even make a wish to the cheese gods/goddesses that this FDA crisis will pass and we will all be able to enjoy the beefy, buttery, heaven of Rush Creek Reserve for the 2015 season. Until then, let’s support Uplands Cheese and have a wedge of Pleasant Ridge on our boards this holiday. I know I will.

Stay cheesy everyone.

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

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Coffee and Cheese: Turning Fantasy into Reality Part 1-Barely Buzzed

Barely Buzzed photo courtesy of Beehive Cheese Co

Barely Buzzed photo courtesy of Beehive Cheese Co

My parents were big java drinkers and getting freshly ground coffee in the 70’s in our neighborhood meant going to Cheese World. The combined smell when we walked in the door of the ground beans and the sweet cheese always tantalized my taste buds. I couldn’t wait to be old enough to put the flavors together and see if my fantasy was as good as reality. It seems I was not alone in this fantasy world since not one, but TWO cheese makers created a coffee and cheese combination. So, who are these dream cheese-weavers and how do they stack up to the cozy fantasy? Part 1-Barely Buzzed! Continue reading

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Meet the Cheesemaker event at the ACS Rally in Raleigh Part 1: Bring on the cheese porn!

Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese Inc with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

The  American Cheese Society 2012 Conference is in full swing with over 1700 cheeses battling it out to be named the best of the best. While the judges tasted and tallied, we regular folks had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the talented cheesemakers. Below are just a few of the amazing cheeses represented here in Raleigh this week.

Lets start above with Wisconsin based Upland Cheese Inc.‘s  talented young cheesemaker and multiple ACS winner (including snagging two awards this year) Andy Hatch, maker of Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve. Continue reading

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Best New Cheeses of 2010: SF Weekly and Gordon Edgar count them down

American cheesemakers have been hard at work bringing new and exciting cheeses to market this year. The art of creating even the most tried and true cheeses are a test to even the most experienced artisan. Attempting new formulas, flavor combinations, and aging processes can bring about hundreds of heartache before that perfect melding is achieved.

Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger at San Francisco’s Rainbow Market, fellow cheese blogger,  and author of Cheesemonger, Life on the Wedge, counts down some of this year’s fabulous fromage newbies as a guest cheese blogger for the SF Weekly. Making the list is one of my personal favorites, Rush Creek Reserve. While we may disagree on how stellar this cheese is (I think it’s spot on fabulous while Gordon feels it’s still a work in progress) his list seems spot on in choosing this year’s stand outs.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here and be sure to check out Gordon’s blog at gordonzola.net. Don’t see that favorite new cheese on the list? Give The Mouse a shout and let us know!

Stay Cheesy!

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Interview: Rush Creek Reserve cheesemaker Andy Hatch chats with The House Mouse

Half eaten Rush Creek Reserve in front of a full wheel of Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Taken at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, MI.

It’s a busy night per usual at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, MI and I am having my first taste of the highly sought after Rush Creek Reserve, the new soft rind cheese from the makers of the award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Carlos, the cheese monger, has a wheel hidden behind the counter and hands me a tiny plastic spoonful of the pale yellow paste. Soft and creamy with a tiny hint of mushroom, bold and beefy yet still delicate on the tongue, this bloomy raw-milk cheese seems to have it all. So why is this gooey goodness being hidden behind the counter? Demand for this cheese has been so high that Zingerman’s only has this one sample and the wheel I am taking home on hand. They are expecting delivery of a few more wheels next weekend, but how many is unknown.

I am not only here for the cheese, but to meet the innovative cheese maker who created it: Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese Company of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Andy is a quiet, unassuming guy with a friendly smile and looks more like college student than a master cheese maker. We sit down at an outside table to talk about his latest cheese creation. Continue reading

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