The tenth stop on the Bi-Rite Market Cheese Trek takes us high in the Allgäu Alps to a chalet on the border of Germany and Austria. The chalet is the summer home of the Vogel Family. Each May, the Vogels take their small herd of red and brown Holsteins to the chalet where the cows graze on Alpine pasture and their milk is used to make one of the best examples of alpkäse.
This cheese is very traditional – only two wheels are made each day using copper vats, homemade rennet, and century’s old cheese making techniques. The large wheels are aged in a cellar under the chalet for a year or more.
The cheese is a true expression of the pastures surrounding the chalet. Delicate floral notes are balanced by an earthy nuttiness with lingering buttery finish.
The wheel available for the Bi-Rite Cheese Trek was made at the end of the 2015 cheese making season. The wheel has an excellent smooth paste and notes of cream and hay. Spicherhalde would be the perfect cheese to enjoy with any of the Oktoberfest beers currently available in the Markets, and would pair nicely with a Riesling too.
Just a quick note for all Cheese Trek participants – this is the tenth cheese and the first opportunity for ten passport punches! Once you’ve purchased 10 cheeses and your card has been punched 10 times, please ask a cheesemonger for your exclusive Bi-Rite Cheese Trek tote.
The next stop on our cheese journey will be much closer to home since we’ll be celebrating American Cheese Month in October. Look forward to a great California cheese from a farm in the Sacramento Valley as you continue to #cheeseyourownadventure.