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Lorelei

A California native, Sarah Marcus worked in radio broadcasting and the music industry before discovering what she calls her “ultimate love,” cheesemaking. After working behind the counter at Cowgirl Creamery’s Ferry Building shop and apprenticing as a cheesemaker in our Point Reyes creamery, Sarah honed her skills at goat dairies in Great Britain and North Carolina. She launched Briar Rose Creamery with her husband, Jim, in 2010. 

Located in Dundee, Oregon, Briar Rose Creamery uses milk from nearby Tideland Dairy in Tillamook to make an array of fresh and aged goat cheeses. Loosely modeled on a robiola, Lorelei is a small square that is washed in Steam Fire Stout, a beer made by nearby Fire Mountain Brewery. It develops a mildly funky rind, and the clean, citrusy flavors of the goat's milk shine through in the soft, slightly crumbly paste.

Farm / Company: Briar Rose

Cheesemaker: Sarah Marcus

Proprietor: Sarah Marcus and Jim Hoffman

Affineur: Sarah Marcus

City, State: Dundee, OR

Region: Northwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Goat

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: Washed

Texture: Soft

Aging: 6 weeks

Size(s): 10-ounce square