Blakesville Creamery Sunny Ridge
- Vegetarian Rennet
- Age: 30 Days
- Goat Milk
- by Blakesville Creamery
- United States
Picture a lakeside picnic on a clear summer day. That’s the kind of easy, breezy eating embodied by Sunny Ridge, crafted by Blakesville Creamery on the shores of Lake Michigan. Inspired by French St. Nectaire, this semi-firm wheel is washed in beer from Chicago’s is/was brewing, bringing a slight fruitiness to the rind. But what makes this cheese so special is the clean, bright flavor of goat’s milk that shines through. Bring out that goaty tang with some Pacific Pickle Works Carriots of Fire.
- Sunny Ridge is inspired by St. Nectaire, a semi-soft, washed rind cheese crafted from cow’s milk in Auvergne, France. Blakesville Creamery’s take swaps out cow’s milk for goat’s milk, which brings a welcome brightness to the cheese.
- Wheels of Sunny Ridge are washed in a rotating selection of beer from is/was brewing in Chicago, depending on what the craft brewery has available.
- Washing the cheese with beer for the first few weeks of aging begins to break down the paste, creating the cheese’s semi-firm texture.
- While washed rind cheeses are typically pungent, and some goat’s milk cheeses can be gamy, Sunny Ridge is fairly mild. It can be enjoyed equally by goat cheese skeptics and enthusiasts.
- Slices of Sunny Ridge make a great snack with Z Crackers Sea Salt And Olive Oil Crackers and Creminelli Wild Boar Salami.
- Blakesville Creamery of Port Washington, Wisconsin, is a farmstead creamery—their cheeses are made by hand on the same farm where their goats are raised and milked.
- The farm was originally called Lake Breeze, but they changed the name in 2019 to honor the village that was previously located at that site.
- They began making cheese in 2020, now operating out of a 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art creamery where they craft their naturally ripened cheeses.
- Lynde Uihlein, Blakesville Creamery’s owner, is dedicated to thoughtful land use and environmental protection, particularly through her organization The Brico Fund.