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Saucy Nipper

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.

Saucy Nipper is a playful take on a washed rind cow’s milk cheese. Instead of washing the rind in a salt brine, Marcus washes the small barrels with a strong dark Belgian ale made by Pfriem Family Brewers of Hood River, Oregon. The cheese develops aromas of fig, stewed cherries and a touch of clove, while its flavors lean towards banana, marshmallow and creamed corn. Saucy Nipper’s intensely creamy almost fudge-like texture pairs excellently with fig jam or just enjoy the cheese by itself spread over a fresh baguette.

Farm / Company: Briar Rose Creamery

Cheesemaker: Sarah Marcus

Proprietor: Sarah Marcus

Affineur: Briar Rose Creamery

City, State: Dundee, OR

Region: Pacific Northwest

Country: USA

Milk Type: Cow

Milk Treatment: Pasteurized

Rennet: Vegetarian

Rind: Washed

Texture: Soft

Aging: 2-8 weeks

Size(s): 4.5-ounce piece