February 1, 2012 by dairycarrie
So 2 weekends ago hubs and I, along with a few friends made the short trek into Madison for the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival. It was everything wonderful and amazing that a name like Beer and Cheese Fest conjures up in your mind. Sorry for the bad photos!
Apparently Beer & Cheese brings out lots of people. Go figure!
This was the 2nd Beer and Cheese Fest that hubs and I have attended. We attended the first festival ever 3 years ago. Small crowds and lots of beer and cheese made an impression. We loved chatting with the cheese makers and the beer dudes. Unfortunately we missed last years event. But we were back this year, looking forward to discovering new beer to love and cheese to cherish. This year with the large crowd it was pretty much impossible to chat with anyone and with all of the options of beer and cheese to try and the long lines there was no way you could try it all. While I was disappointed in the long lines, we still had a blast and I am excited to share some of my finds from this year’s beer and cheese fest.
One of my new favorite's from this year's fest! Loved all the cheeses I tried from Edelweiss but this one had a unique flavor that stole the show. Check out their website, edelweisscreamery.com
This is Mona. Mona is a cow and sheep milk cheese. It was pretty damn tasty. You can get some from Fromagination.
I did get a chance to talk to the guy heating the Juusto in the Noble View Creamery booth. Turns out he is Jay Noble. Not only does Jay own the creamery, he is also the dairy farmer that provides the milk that goes into his cheese. Pretty cool. Check out Nobleviewcreamery.com I also got a chance to chat with the herdsman from Upland Cheese. They make the world renowned Pleasant Ridge Reserved. But I was excited to talk to him about Normande cows. I had heard that they had some in their herd and wanted to know more. I was thankful to get a chance to chat with them at the end of the show for a few minutes.
This was not a new beer discovery. I love Huber Bock. It's just a simple good beer. This is also the only beer picture I have. I was much better at the drinking of the beer than I was taking pictures of the beer. One surpising new "beer" we tried was a malt beverage from Grey's Brewing Company called Rod Hard Red. It was a great non beer option. You know, if you're into that kind of thing.
I am not a fan of mustard. I am a big fan of Baumgartner's Bar and Chees store in Monroe. So I trusted the nice folks in their booth and tried some. It was so good I remembered to take a picture of it. You can order from their website www.baumgartnercheese.com
Picked this up from Decatur Dairy. Curd is the word!
Other cool things I found but didn’t take photos of… Brown Chicken Brown Cow Mushrooms, marinated little bites of mushroom goodness. Perfect in a bloody or by the fistful as a “snack”. I also ran into a guy I used to work with, he started a company that has an awesome discount book for cocktails and meals in the greater Madison area. Check it out at MadCityCocktails.com