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LaClare

posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

LaClare Farms is family owned and operated by Larry and Clara Hedrich & four of their five children in Wisconsin.  They began their journey in 1978 when they purchased a 22-acre farm to raise their five children. They began their dairy goat operation at this time as well, showing their goats throughout Wisconsin and Michigan for a few years.  In 1996 the opportunity to go commercial came up and the first load of goat milk was picked up in April of 1996.  The family milked over 100 goats for nine years before starting the Quality Dairy Goat Produces Co-op with another group of farmers.  The QDGPC has set the standard for quality milk across the US.  They have supplied LaClare Farms, Sartori Cheese, Carr Valley Cheese and LaLoos Ice Cream with goat milk. Then the fun began… in 2008 looking to add value back to the farm through other avenues, Evalon cheese was born.  LaClare Farms won their first award with Evalon at the United States Champion Cheese contest.  At this… Read More

Mull of Kintyre

posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Mull of Kintyre is hand-crafted in an old distillery on the remote Kintyre Peninsula in the picturesque region of southwestern Scotland. This unique cheddar is crafted in the historic Campbeltown Creamery which has been producing cheese since 1923. The lush green land helps give Mull of Kintyre Cheddar its rich flavor and delicate sweetness. This extra mature cheddar is slowly aged for a minimum of 12 months by their master cheese graders. This creates a firm bodied cheese that delivers a distinctive eating experience. Mull of Kintyre is a two-time International Cheese Awards Gold winner for Best Scottish Cheese. A lovely cheddar like this should be paired with Ballast Point Sculpin I.P.A. or a dark Porter.  It also goes well with apples and honey. On February 2nd our wonderful demo team will be handing out samples of this amazing cheese Read More

Cheese of the Month: Coconut Gouda

posted on February 1st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Straight from Holland we have the unique refreshing taste of the tropics! KoKo's Coconut Gouda gets a healthy dash of coconut cream added for extra flavor and creaminess. It's a delightfully unique cheese with a nutty taste and a surprise of refreshing sweetness from the coconut cream. The texture is smooth and sliceable. Coconut is known for its nutritional content and many health benefits. The combination of healthy coconut with cheese as a good source of calcium makes this a healthy and tasty snack! Also vegetarians can enjoy this healthy cheese since it’s made with vegetable rennet! Enjoy this cheese with fruit or thinly sliced on crisp crackers.  Pairs well with chilled white wine, a fruit pale ale or your favorite beverage. Coconut Gouda is made with fresh, pasteurized cow’s milk. For a unique pairing, the combination of chocolate, red wine and KoKo’s Coconut Cheese is an outstanding combination. Also try Bare Honey’s Spicy Honey with Coconut Gouda cheese. It… Read More

Beer & Cheese Tasting Events

posted on January 31st, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Join us for a beer and cheese pairing event featuring Ballast Point Brewing or Boulevard Brewing. $30 per person, reservations required by calling the cafe. Wednesday, February 1st Newport Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing La Jolla: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Ballast Point Brewing South Pasadena: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Manhattan Beach: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Boulevard Brewing Our Featured Boulevard Brewing Pairings: The Calling IPA paired with Jasper Hill Harbison Cheese Crostini, Grape Apricot Relish and Arugula. Cranberry Orange Radler paired with Mixed Greens, Coconut Gouda, Pears, Dried Cranberries, Carrots, and Basil Balsamic. Dark Truth Stout paired with and 8-year Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Baked Macaroni & Cheese. The Sixth Glass Quad paired with Grass Fed Sliders, Le Brouere Cheese, Sweety Peppers, Fig Jam, Tomatoes And Bristol Farms Lattice Chips. Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad paired with Jasper Hill Bayley Blue, Brownie, Vanilla… Read More

Jasper Hill

posted on January 28th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Jasper Hill is a working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Cellars at Jasper hill is an underground aging facility located in Greensboro, VT. These cellars were constructed for the purpose of providing affinage, or aging expertise for local cheesemakers.  This facility ages soft ripened beauties to aged cheddars.   Bayley Hazen Blue This is one of the first cheeses made in the Jasper Hill Creamery.  The recipe is based on a British natural rind blue.  Bayley Hazen Blue is made from raw cow milk and aged for 3 months.  The paste is dense and creamy and the usual peppery character of blue cheese is subdued, elevating the grassy, nutty flavors of the milk.  It has a toasted-nut sweetness, and anise spice character. This cheese is wonderful with a nice dark chocolate or the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Quad.   Kinsman Ridge This beautiful cheese is made to the traditions of French tommes like St… Read More

5 Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar

posted on January 25th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

5 Spoke Creamery is located 57 miles north of New York City.  All of their cheeses are hand made with raw milk in the farmstead tradition, meaning the cheese is produced on sight with the milk of a closed heard.  This milk comes from Holstein cows that are free of pesticides and hormones. The cows are milked at 4:00 am and they make the cheese at 9:00 am all in a facility that is 100% solar. Their herd of Holstein cows are pastured and free to roam, picking and choosing what they eat from a variety of grasses, herbs, flowers and weeds.  The raw milk of these grass-fed cows has a depth of flavor which cannot be duplicated. 5 Spoke Creamery’s cheeses are creamier and more flavorful than those made from pasteurized milk.  This also offers numerous health benefits that are inherent to raw milk.  Raw milk cheeses have all the good bacteria found naturally in milk and none of the bad.  State laws require a minimum of 60 days for aging which eliminated pathogenic bacteria so the… Read More

Say Cheese

posted on January 18th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Our fourth annual “Say Cheese” celebration starts January 25, 2017. Bristol Farms Cheese department has over 350 varieties of cheese to choose from.  Our buyer searches high and low for unique artisanal cheeses, bringing you an assortment unmatched by anyone else. With an assortment like this, it can be quite overwhelming when you arrive at the cheese counter.  We have the best Cheese Specialists in the world, there to help you find that perfect item. These cheeses in particular pair up nicely with beer. In store we will be offering tastings and pairing demonstrations with Boulevard and Ballast Point Brewery. Look for events at your local Bristol Farms! Read More

Cheese of The Month: Carr Valley Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar

posted on December 1st, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Carr Valley Chipotle Cranberry Cheddar is a white cheddar that has cranberries and chipotle peppers throughout. This brings the taste of a Texas barbecue to with every bite. Carr Valley starts with a mild cheddar, adding a tinge of sweetness from the cranberries.  This cheese will then heats up and have a smoky finish with the inclusion of chipotle peppers. It is a great cheese will slice, cube and also shreds well. It may be slightly crumbly, but melts beautifully. Perfect Pairings with a lager beer or tequila Hand crafted cheddar by a Master Cheesemaker in Wisconsin Read More

Cheese of the Month: 5 Years Aged Gouda

posted on November 1st, 2016 by Carl Smith

For centuries cheese makers of the Netherlands have been recognized for their commitment to quality, purity, texture and taste. This reserve Gouda is traditionally aged for 5 years on wooden shelves. It has a hard texture and smells sweet, rich and ripe. Full flavored, burnt caramel, salty and sweet with a hint of butterscotch. Pairs well with Red wine blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, and beer. The flavor of Aged Gouda gets a new definition when it is paired with some white wines and any fruity wine. Also tastes great with fresh or dried figs, crunchy whole grain mustard, and meats Read More

Bristol’s Cheese Spreads

posted on October 30th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Autumn time is here and time for parties and Fall get-togethers. Spread some good taste with something new for these social affairs. Try our delicious cheese spreads in our cheese department. Made right here starting with cream cheese, we have created somewhat familiar, yet unique flavor combinations for your consideration: Pimento Cheddar – Rich cheddar is paired with the slightly sweet and subtle spice of pimento peppers. Gouda & Pecan – Smoky Gouda cheese, mild shallots, and roasted pecans marry up for this unique spread. BLT – Bacon makes anything better, right? The classic flavor of a BLT is captured in this savory spread with a unique twist of fresh dill and scallion Read More

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