Kaserei Zurwies was built in 1899, and was taken over by cheesemaker Anton Holzinger in 1990. Since then, the dairy has bought organic milk from several local farms to make a variety of soft cheeses. The dairy insists on working with farms that treat their cows humanely, pasture them in the summer and feed them hay (not silage) in the winter.
Limburger is a classic washed-rind cheese that was created in the 19th century by Trappist monks in Belgium. It quickly gained a following in Germany, which is now the leading producer of the cheese. Anton’s organic version has a strong aroma, but relatively mild flavors of mushrooms and grass, and a velvety soft texture. It pairs wonderfully with a malty Belgian dubbel ale.
Farm / Company: Kaserei Zurwies
Cheesemaker: Anton Holzinger
Affineur: Columbia Cheese (importer)
City, State: Zurwies
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 3-4 weeks
Size(s): 8 oz block