More Beecher’s Cheeses

September 1, 2008

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

The Lady brought home two more cheeses made by Seattle’s Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses:

Beecher’s Marco Polo and Flagship

Kurt Beecher Dammeier sure knows how to make cheese. Located at Pike Place Market in Seattle, this cheesemaker crafts his Handmade Cheese using the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years.

On his website, he tells how his mother encouraged him to buy premium cheese at a time when processed cheese was taking over the market. His great-grandfather bought Stilton by the wheel. You can read more about Kurt and his philosophies regarding cheese at the Beecher’s Website.

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Marco Polo, named after the Italian who brought the spices back from China, is Beecher’s creamy cheese with green and black peppercorns added to give it a little “kick”, It is delicious.

It is almost as good as Beecher’s No Woman cheese, which I also love and have reviewed earlier on this blog.

This one is close but because I like No Woman better, I give it 3 ¾ Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I got).

Serving Suggestions: Beecher suggests you melt it on a grilled burger or grate it and mix it with a baked potato. I like it grated on my Mixed Grill Classic Pate. I have also nibbled it while tearing the flesh off the Aphelocoma californica californica while sitting on the back deck.

Wine and Beer Pairings:

Wine Pairings: Merlot

Beer Pairings:

Source: Cow’s milk

Awards: 2008 American Cheese Society – First Place – Flavored Cheeses; Gold Medal 2007 World Cheese Awards: Bronze Medal – 2005 World Cheese Awards.

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Copyright Beechers Handmade Cheeses 2009

Flagship:

Kurt began his career with Flagship in 2003. This is a semi-hard cheese that is robust and nutty. It crumbles slightly and goes well with crackers or alone.

You can also add it to your favorite Mac and Cheese recipe or use the one that Martha Stewart has featured on her show and that she and Kurt call, “The World’s Greatest Mac n Cheese”.

It’s hard for this feline to pick a favorite of the Beecher Cheeses; they are all quite divine; but No Woman still has my heart.

I give Flagship 3 ½ Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).

Serving Suggestions: You will enjoy this on a Beecher’s Cracker; in an omelet or in your favorite Mac n Cheese.

Wine and Beer Pairings:

Wine Pairings: Pouilly Fuissee; Syrah

Beer Pairings: India Pale Ale; Hefweisen

Source: Cow’s Milk

Awards: Best Semi-Hard Cow’s Milk Cheese – 2007 American Cheesemaker Awards.

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12 Responses to “More Beecher’s Cheeses”

  1. MunchieBunch Says:

    Spaulding, thank you so much for these reviews


  2. […] the crowd and horror of horrors, they served two of my favorites from Beecher’s:  No Woman , Marco Polo and Rogue Creamery’s Smoky Blue…for a second I thought The Lady had lost her mind and was […]


  3. […] Suggestions: No Woman, Marco Polo, Flagship, Flagship Reserve, Just Jack (which will be reviewed in the near future as well…) – […]


  4. […] and raspberries go well together to make a sweet and spicy pairing. I thought taking Beechers’ Marco Polo Cheese which has green and black peppercorns from Madagascar and fresh raspberries would make a sweet, […]


  5. […] Pepper and raspberries go well together to make a sweet and spicy pairing. The Lady thought using Beechers’ Marco Polo Cheese which has green and black peppercorns from Madagascar and fresh raspberries would make a sweet, […]


  6. […] kiosk at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer has a $3 off coupon for the three Flagship cheeses they sell: Original Flagship, Flagship Reserve and Smoked Flagship. She served it with 34° Sesame Crackers and bell peppers she […]


  7. […] recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving, will make four servings featuring Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, the primary cheese needed to make this to-die-for Mac and Cheese. (Flagship and the other cheeses […]


  8. […] recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving, will make four servings featuring Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, the primary cheese needed to make this to-die-for Mac and Cheese. (Flagship and the other cheeses […]


  9. […] few months back The Lady designed a cheesecake using Beecher’s Marco Polo and fresh raspberries. We posted the recipe on this blog and you can view it by clicking  here. […]


  10. […] at Pike Place Market began making its award-winning Flagship Cheddar in small batches behind glass for passersby to stop and watch the process.  They carry the original […]


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