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Tilsiter

$10.99/LB
The original Tilsiter was made by the Swiss Westphal family of the Emmental valley after they moved to the Prussian city of Tilsit in the mid 1800s. Mini Emmental was the goal but different equipment, ingredients, and ambient cultures resulted in a more pungent invention with smaller holes. Their cheese house can still be found in now, Sovetsk, Russia – but today most Tilsiter comes from Switzerland and Germany where it became quite popular. This funky, raw milk edition is from a small Austrian Co-op in the Bregenz Forest. Eat it like a Prussian – often and with the darkest bread and beer around.

Just the facts

Country Austria
Region Vorarlberg
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Unpasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 2-4 months
Cheese Type Swiss and Nutty
Wheel Weight 8 pounds
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Malbec

    This rustic wine is inky and dark, full-bodied with plenty of tannins. Fruity flavors of plums and berries are contrasted by spice and leather.
    Pair with: Equally toothsome cheeses like Boerenkaas Gouda.

  • Tempranillo

    Medium-bodied with flavors of cherry, as well as some cranberry which lends bright acidity. Cinnamon and clove spices, and earthy, leathery flavors balance things out.
    Pair with: Sheep’s milk cheese like Malvarosa or Pyrenees Brebis, flavored cheese (truffles, herbs, or spices), and younger leaf-wrapped cheeses with some funk – think Robiola Foglie de Fico.

  • Cider

    Brie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.

    English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
    Pair with: : Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.

    Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
    Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson or Hudson Red to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.

     

    American Cider: often, but not always on the sweeter side.
    Pair with: Sweet and earthy Bleumont Bandaged Cheddar or malty Bleu d’Auvergne.

  • Farmhouse Ales

    Farmhouse, Saison, Bière de Garde, Lambic, Sour Beer

    Farmhouse ales, instead of being driven by malt or hops, depend on the yeast for their distinctive spicy, floral, and tart flavors. Commonly made by brewers in France and Belgium, farmhouse ales are usually light in color and body and quite effervescent. From time to time, brewers allow wild yeasts to ferment the beer, resulting in a brew that falls somewhere in between pleasantly bright to bracingly sour.
    Pair with: Mushroomy Brie Fermier or funky, bacony Epoisses are matches made in heaven.

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