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Haystack Mountain
Haystack Peak


The most delicious foothill we’ve seen, tucked beneath the shadows of the Rockies in Longmont, Colorado, Haystack Peak bursts with aromas of wet stone and flavors of sautéed mushrooms and cultured butter. Cheesemakers source pasteurized milk from neighboring goat dairies, before carefully ladling curd into special mini-mountain forms. We age the pyramids from infancy in our own caves, patting the rinds and flipping the cheeses regularly to encourage uniform aging, during which time the pillowy-white rind develops a rich nuttiness and intensely citric flavor beneath. A nod to classic goat cheeses of the Loire Valley, Haystack Peak is taking the states by storm, named by Saveur Magazine as one of “America’s 50 Best Artisanal Cheeses”. To refresh your palate between bites, look to the Colorado brewing scene- try a bright, balanced IPA or citrusy wheat beer to hit the pairing pinnacle.

As seen in Saveur’s Decadent Cheese Plates

Just the facts

Country USA
Region Colorado
Maker Haystack Mountain
Milk Type Goat
Pasteurization Pasteurized
Rennet Type Microbial
Age 3-5 weeks
Cheese Type Fresh and Chevre
Wheel Weight 6 ounces
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Chenin Blanc

    Crisp and acidic with light minerality. You may smell stone fruit, apples, pear, quince, even some fresh herbs.

    Pair with: Tangy Loire Valley goat cheese to bring out crisp, mineral qualities in both. Something like Selles-sur-Cher will work perfectly! 

  • Rose

    We love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
    Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.

  • Wheat Beers

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit

    Wheat Beer, Weisse, Hefeweizen, Wit
    Pair with: Bright, tangy goat’s milk cheeses like Westfield Capri and buttery bloomy rinds like Nettle Meadow Kunik.

Meet The Maker

They say Haystack founder Jim Schott “doesn’t do anything halfway,” which may explain how an interest in goats became a 5000 square foot creamery and full scale cheesemaking operation in just over two decades. Today Haystack Mountain gets high-quality milk from local goat dairies and through a special partnership with Skyline Correctional Center where minimum-security inmates care for a herd of goats. The creamery is located in Longmont, Colorado and contains special aging facilities where the signature Haystack Peak can mature. Despite the growth spurts over the years, Haystack Mountain’s cheese is still always made by hand in small batches.

Cave Aged Haystack Peak zoom

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