2009 American Cheese Society Awards :: Northwest Winners

Northwest cheesemakers took home 26 awards at this year's American Cheese Society competition in Austin, Texas. But this year's story is bigger and better than just that: the overall Best in Show award was taken by Rogue Creamery's Rogue River Blue, a cheese that emerged victorious out of a record field of 1, 327 cheeses entered. This is the first time that a Northwest (or Oregon) cheesemaker has won Best in Show at ACS since the competition's inception. The Northwest's previous high finisher was Beecher's Flagship Reserve, which took Second Runner up overall in 2007. For complete competition results, see the competition brochure (link below). *** Download 2009 Awards Brochure ***

Overall Best in Show:

Rogue Creamery Rogue River Blue

runners up:

2nd: Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk

3rd: (tie)  Carr Valley Cave Aged Mellage & Consider Bardwell Rupert

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Ancient Heritage Dairy (OR)

** Farmstead Cheeses (Open Category Sheep's Milk and Mixed Milk) - 2nd place Scio Heritage

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (WA)

** Aged Cheddar (All Milks, aged btwn 12-24 mo) - 2nd place Flagship ** Cheddar (flavored)  - 2nd place Marco Polo Reserve **Mature Cheddar (aged btwn 25-48 mo) - 1st place Flagship aged 4 yrs **Flavored Cheeses (Flavored w/ Peppers - All Milks) 2nd place No Woman **Smoked Cheeses (Cheddar) - 3rd place Smoked Flagship

Black Sheep Creamery (WA)

**Feta (Sheep's Milk) -  3rd place Feta

Estrella Family Creamery (WA)

**Smoked Cheeses (Italian Style) - 1st place Weebles

Rivers Edge Chevre (OR)

** Farmstead Cheeses – Open Category (Goat’s Milk)  - 2nd place Astraea ** Smoked Cheeses – Open Category (Goat’s Milk)  - 3rd place  Up in Smoke

Rogue Creamery (OR)

** Blue Veined Cheeses (Cow’s Milk ) - 1st place (Rogue River Blue) & 2nd place (Rogue River Blue mini) ** Cheddar w/ Sweet Flavorings - 2nd place Chocolate Stout Cheddar & 3rd place Lavender Cheddar **Smoked Cheeses (Open Category Cow's Milk) - 1st place Smokey Blue

Tillamook County Creamery (OR)

** American Originals - Monterey Jack (Cow's Milk)  - 2nd place ** Cheddar from Cow’s Milk (aged less than 12 mo) - 2nd place White Cheddar Medium ** Mature Cheddars (aged 25-48 mo)  3rd place White Cheddar Extra Sharp

Tumalo Farms (OR)

** Farmstead Cheeses – Open Category (Goat’s Milk)  - 1st Place Classico **Farmstead Cheeses -- Open Category Flavor added (All Milks) 2nd place Pondhopper ** Flavored Cheeses w/ Crushed Peppercorns (All Milks) -  2nd place Antigo & 3rd place  Capricorns ** Flavored Cheeeses – Open Category -  2nd place Fenacho

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. (OR)

** Flavor added Havarti – 2nd place Havarti w/ Herbs de Provence **Farmstead Cheese (Open Category Cow's Milk)  - 3rd place Boerenkaas ** Farmstead Cheeses (Open Category Sheep's Milk and Mixed Milk) - 1st place Perrydale