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Alpine Heritage Creamery 

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About Alpine Heritage

The second-generation dairy farmers at Alpine Heritage specialize in hand-crafted artisanal cheeses made from raw milk produced on the same farm by their Jersey cows in Paradise Township, Lancaster County. This arrangement allows the family to control the cheesemaking process from beginning to end. The name pays tribute to their forefathers who were farmers and progressive cheesemakers in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. 

Simplicity is a theme at Alpine Heritage. The cows dine on lush green, organic grass, grass hay and haylage, and a mineral supplement. The cows eat a GMO-free diet and never receive antibiotics, a conscientious decision on the part of the family.

 The list of ingredients in their cheese is short too – milk, cultures, traditional rennet and salt. Throughout the cheesemaking process, quality and safety measures are strictly observed to complete the process of creating their own unique cheese flavors and styles. We still haven’t decided if their cheese delivers complex flavors in spite of or because of their simple production methods.

Dairy cows in a pasture

Alpine Heritage Cheese In Our Case

Johny's Clothbound Cheddar

Johny’s Clothbound Cheddar

Type: Hard Cheddar-Style, Clothbound

This Alpine Heritage original may have been born in a barn but it matured in a cave for more than a year. Traditional English cloth binding and the cave-aging process builds on the 100% grass-fed Jersey milk for a big, bold flavor. As you can expect of a cave-dweller, this cheese is rustic and a bit scary but looks are deceiving. The crunchiness comes from the calcium lactate crystals that are created during the aging process.

You’ll find notes of everything from nuts and pineapple sweetness to root vegetables in this complex cheese. Give it a chance to warm up before serving. This cheese won’t melt but it shaves nicely over salad. For snacking, use a cheese spade to break off chunks. Don’t eat the rind!

Alpine Heritage Pepper Jack

Pepper Jack

Type: Semi-Hard Monterey Jack-style, Rindless

The balance between salt, fat, acid and heat in this cheese would make Samin Nosrat weep happy tears. The butter flavor holds steady from beginning to end, compliments of the high butterfat found in milk produced by grass-fed Jersey cows. A moment on your tongue then the chiles kick your taste buds with the right amount of heat while the fresh chile flavor sneaks up.

Did you really taste all of that? Better have another bite to be sure. This cheese will melt beautifully for cooking but if you just want a simple pairing, grab a craft pilsner, like Trӧegs Sunshine Pils. Aged approximately 2-6 months.

Pepper Jack

Type: Semi-Hard Monterey Jack-style, Rindless

The balance between salt, fat, acid and heat in this cheese would make Samin Nosrat weep happy tears. The butter flavor holds steady from beginning to end, compliments of the high butterfat found in milk produced by grass-fed Jersey cows. A moment on your tongue then the chiles kick your taste buds with the right amount of heat while the fresh chile flavor sneaks up.

Did you really taste all of that? Better have another bite to be sure. This cheese will melt beautifully for cooking but if you just want a simple pairing, grab a craft pilsner, like Trӧegs Sunshine Pils. Aged approximately 2-6 months.

 

Alpine Heritage Pepper Jack
Alpine Creamery - Dutch Country Swiss

Dutch Country Swiss

Type: Semi-Hard Emmental-Style, Rindless

This Alpine Heritage Swiss cheese is unique in that it boasts the rich, creamy aroma of our Jersey milk but an uncommon sweetness. You’ll find traditional “eyes”, or holes, of a swiss cheese patiently watching while you decide what to eat for dinner. Try on a grilled cheese with Rye bread or as a simple snack with crackers. Central Wedge Customer Favorite. Aged approximately 3-8 months.