For a few years now, the state of Oregon has been popping up in the food news for producing some very exceptional Pinot Noirs, so what would be more natural than them making their mark on the cheese world as well?
Tucked away in the cool shadows of the majestic Cascade mountain range near Bend in Central Oregon, Flavio DeCastilhos uses traditional Dutch and Italian cheesemaking methods to produce unique goat cheeses at Tumalo Farms. Because the farm is situated about 3,500 feet above sea level, the Saanen and Alpine goats at Tumalo Farms frolic in clean alpine air and revel in the three hundred days of sunshine that saturates the area every year.
The obvious hints of cascade hops that washes over Pond Hopper's sharp flavor proves what a success it is to concoct a cheese using a local microbrew. This snow white goat cheese has a yeasty aroma that brings out the soft nuttiness buried deep in its soul.
Farm / Company: Tumalo Farms
Cheesemaker: Flavio DeCastilhos
Proprietor: Flavio DeCastilhos
City, State: Bend, Oregon
Region: Pacific Northwest
Milk Type: Goat
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 2 - 12 weeks
Size(s): 9-pound wheel