This summer we have not just one, but four featured cheeses! For the months of July and August our Cheese of the Month is actually four varieties cheeses produced by the Beehive Cheese Company–Barely Buzzed, Teehive, Seahive, and Big John’s Cajun–each coming in 6-ounce wedges. Today I will introduce you to Barely Buzzed!
Before you meet the cheese, though, you should meet the guys behind the cheese. The Beehive Cheese Creamery was founded by brother-in-laws Tim Welsh and Pat Ford in 2005 when both decided to leave the corporate world for the slower-paced cheese making business. They are among a handful of artisan cheesemakers from Utah, and have even gotten their kids involved in the business.
Barely Buzzed, their most popular cheese, has won numerous awards, including 1st Place at the American Cheese Society competition in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. It is a vegetarian friendly cheese made from Jersey cow milk and hand-rubbed with a unique blend of espresso and French Superior lavender. Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee, owned by Tim Welsh’s brother, is the creator of the exclusive blend of South American, Central American, and Indonesian beans found on Barely Buzzed.
The cheese is full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, with delicious flavors of caramel and butterscotch–not to mention the beautiful floral notes and a wonderful zip from the espresso blend. A unique and must-try cheese, you can pair Barely Buzzed with any medium or full-bodied wine, as well as many ales, stouts, and ciders.