Alemar Cheese Company Good Thunder
Keith Adams, once a finance guy, turned cheesemaker back in 2009 when he transformed his first vat of locally sourced milk into cheese. Based on Old World standards, Pont l'Eveque and Reblochon, Good Thunder is an orange, wrinkly-rind square of dense cream line and creamy paste that spreads wonderfully over torn pieces of fresh bread and sturdy crackers. It's washed with a local Minnesota craft beer, Surly Bender, and picks up funk and smoothness as it ages. And it goes great with malty ales and well-seasoned salami.