New Beer-Washed Cheeses from Keswick Creamery

by dccheese on May 25, 2010

in American-MidAtlantic,Cheese!,Cow

Keswick Creamery is well-known among DC farmers market goers for their wonderful cheeses, yogurt and more. Located in Newberg, Pennsylvania, the small family dairy has been making cheese from their grassfed Jersey cows since 2001. Their ricotta is some of the best I’ve tasted, and local foodies rave about their creamy quark. So when I heard they had introduced some new cheeses, beer-washed raw milk tommes, I was eager to try them out.

I visited co-cheesemaker Mark Cochran at Sunday’s Bloomingdale Farmers Market, and he filled me in on two of the new additions: Mad Tomme and the Tommenator, both washed in craft beers from Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing Company.

Both begin with raw milk from the farm’s Jersey cows, which is turned into Alpine-style pressed cheese and aged 3-4 months. The Mad Tomme is washed with Troegs’ Mad Elf holiday brew, made with honey and cherries that impart a light sweetness to the finished cheese. The Tommenator is washed with the Double Bock, and has a stronger, maltier flavor. Both cheeses still retain that unmistakable grassy sweetness and yellow color of Jersey milk cheeses, and a dense but creamy paste.

It goes without saying that these are well suited for pairing with beer, especially Troegs. They are perfect for summer entertaining, either before, during or after dinner. I’d try the Tommenator on a burger, and perhaps save the Mad Tomme for dessert with a side of fresh cherries (or cherry pie!).

Keswick has recently pulled out of the Saturday farmers markets, but can still be found at the Dupont Circle and Bloomingdale markets on Sunday. Their cheeses are also available at Cheesetique and Cowgirl Creamery. Visit their website to learn more.

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Luke May 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

Troeg’s Double Bock is called Troeganator… which makes Tommenator even funnier!

colleen May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

@ Luke — Good catch, I forgot to note that. I also neglected to mention a new Tomme will be out soon, using a Troegs’ summer brew. Can’t wait to try it!

Its Not You it's Brie July 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Thanks for mentioning at Cowgirl, I didn’t realize it was available west coast till now. Fantastic write-up.

Madame Fromage July 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hey, I didn’t realize this PA cheese was sold in your area! That’s great –their quark is really wonderful. Great post, as always.

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