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

Region: West

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Traditional

Rind: Washed, bloomy

Texture: Soft

Aging: 2 - 8 weeks

Size(s): 5 ounces