Friday, July 27, 2012

The Wonderful World of Cheese in Wisconsin: Ziege Zacke Blue

Wisconsin is one of the best places in the country for cheese (duh). The cheese aisles are bigger in the grocery stores, and those ridiculous hats seem less absurd here. Wisconsin is also home to a number of world-class artisanal cheese makers, which is fantastic, because I love cheese. I figured that since I am going to expand the scope of The Barber's Inquiry, I might as well hype up some of the great Wisconsin cheeses.

Ziege Zacke Blue is a part-cow, part-sheep, cave aged blue patterned after the "Dry Jack" cheese. The name literally translates to "goat wave," and is pronounced "ziggy zacky" (sort like that chant the audience would shout out before chugging a beer on the old Man Show). Ziege Zacke is the result of a collaboration between Wisconsin cheese superstars Chris Roelli, of Roelli Cheese, and Katie Hedrich of LaClare Farms, and it is delicious. A little tangy, sort of sweet, creamy, spicy, earthy...not that easily describable. Behold the power of cheese, and a terrific example of teamwork.

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