Birgit Halbreiter and Robert Poland met while working for the Colorado-based brewery, New Belgium. A few years later, they enlisted the help of Birgit's father, a master cheesemaker in Germany, and started making cheese at home. The home cheesemaking went well and in 2000, MouCo Cheese Company was founded in Fort Collins, Colorado.
ColoRouge sports a warm orange rind shot with clouds of white, which comes about naturally during the "smearing" process. During the two-week aging process, each cheese is rubbed, or smeared, by hand to encourage such a glowing tint and to develop flavor within the cheese. These cheeses are wrapped in specially imported European foil, which helps the cheese breathe and keep it fresh. ColoRouge is buttery and luscious but as it ages, it becomes quite spicy and complex.
Farm / Company: MouCo Cheese Company
Cheesemaker: Robert Poland
Proprietor: Birgit & Robert Poland
City, State: Fort Collins, CO
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Rind: Washed, bloomy
Aging: 2 - 8 weeks
Size(s): 5 ounces