Door and Kewaunee Counties are becoming known for not only cherries, fish boils and wineries but award-winning cheese as well. The 2018 World Cheese Championship in Madison earlier this week saw Door Artisan Cheese Company in Egg Harbor awarded the Best in Class for the Cave-Aged English Cheddar in the Natural Rinded Cheddar category. Mike Brennenstuhl, the owner of Door County Artisan Cheese, says they feel very fortunate to place this year.
Agropur in Luxemburg and Ponderosa Farms in Kewaunee also were recognized for award-winning cheeses. Pat Doell of Agropur took Best in Class in smoked provolone cheese and says it was a team effort.
Ben Shibler of Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee took second and third place in the Natural Cheese category for the Ponderosa Farmstead Whips and Mini-Whips. Shibler says it was a surprise to win in the world-class caliber competition.
Door Artisan Cheese Company also placed third with his Crema Pressato in the fresh asiago category. You can find the complete listing of the 121 cheese class categories from the World Cheese Championship with this story online.