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Carr Valley Cheese

2831 Parmenter St. #160
Middleton  Wisconsin  53562
United States
(608) 824-2277
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Hannah Agran
Of Wisconsin's many, many cheese makers, Carr Valley one of the biggest and best, offering a dazzling variety in several shops across Wisconsin.

Carr Valley Cheese is one of Wisconsin's best cheese companies, offering everything from intriguing artisan blues served in restaurants across the country to old-school curds you could fry up and eat with a beer. They have several shops across Wisconsin; this one in the suburbs of Madison leans a bit more foodie, with an emphasis on the company's finer cheeses: Cocoa Cardona (a hard cheese with a cocoa-rubbed rind), Billy Blue (made of goat's milk and aged for four months), Apple Smoked Cheddar (dusted in paprika). The strip-mall location isn't anything remarkable, nor is the interior, but the cashiers know their stuff, offer samples and talk you through the incredible variety of flavors available. Prices (upwards of $18 per pound for the fancier cheese) are fair, given the quality and local lineage; this is cheese you'll savor by the sliver, not grate by the pound.

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