Named for the next hamlet over from Vulto creamery in Walton, NY, Hamden is cheese gone wild. Its birth story: cheesemaker Jos Vulto took a few wheels from their Ouleout batch and let them free to develop their own natural rind. Lo and behold: a rich diversity of molds and yeasts on the rind for plenty of earthy crunch. Its semi-soft paste tastes of the valley in spring'fresh milk, just-cut grass, hay. Hamden is Tomme de Savoie's Hudson Valley soul sister. It begs for farmhouse ale, a crusty baguette, and ripe stone fruit.
Jos Vulto left his career as a metal-worker to follow the siren-call of cheesemaking. He started out in his Brooklyn apartment, crafting cheese in his kitchen and aging his wheels beneath the sidewalk. In 2012, he opened a real-deal operation in New York's western Catskills. We're happy he did. He sources milk his neighbor, farmer Dan Finn's herd of Holstein and Jersey cows and makes raw milk beauties full of charisma and depth.
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