It’s amazing when you get the opportunity to taste something that so completely exceeds your expectations. Last June, Clydene Bultman, owner of Thompson River Ranch, reached out to see if she could arrange to taste me through her American Wagyu program. What I tried was some of the most amazing beef I have ever tasted, I almost felt like it was a disservice calling it beef. Each cut of Clydene’s Wagyu has an unparalleled level of tenderness that creates a truly sensational flavor experience. After that first meeting, I knew that I had to find a way to bring her American Wagyu beef into Bi-Rite.
So what is Wagyu beef? It is the same breed of cattle that creates Japan’s famed Kobe beef, prized all over the world for its amazing marbling, tenderness, and flavor. Clydene has been raising her herd of “High Percentage, Long Fed American Wagyu” for the last ten years; by slowly allowing her animals to gain weight and aiming for a 75%-100% Wagyu genetics, her beef is far superior to most Wagyu available for retail. Thompson River Ranch is a heritage, working cattle ranch set on a 120-year-old homestead in Montana’s picturesque Thompson Valley, where the cattle graze on forest land, forage in the mountains, and are finished on barley. Bi-Rite has chosen to partner up with Thompson River Ranch for this exclusive offer to our guests of the most luxurious and sought-after beef around, from a rancher who is fully committed to raising cattle the responsible way you’ve come to know and expect when you purchase your meat from Bi-Rite.