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. 

Though made in the style of classic Alpine cheeses like Gruyere, Carena is ultimately its own unique creation. Its deep orange washed rind gives just a hint of funk, while the firm paste offers aromas of toasted pine nuts, and clean flavors that range from honey to caramel, olives to mushrooms and toasted cashews.

Farm / Company: Briar Rose

Cheesemaker: Sarah Marcus

Proprietor: Sarah Marcus and Jim Hoffman

Affineur: Sarah Marcus

City, State: Dundee, OR

Region: Pacific Northwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Goat

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed

Texture: Firm

Aging: 3 months

Size(s): 4 pound wheel