Take the Tour
It is rare to see cheese being made in a metropolitan setting. In fact, there are only a few urban artisan cheese makers in the entire country. Boone Creek Creamery is one of them. We do tours and samplings continuously throughout the day. Tours last about 45 minutes but leave time to shop in The Kentucky Proud Store. Groups of 6 or less do not require a reservation, so come anytime.
We like to be prepared for larger groups so let us know you are coming.
We make our cheeses by hand using traditional European techniques without a lot of modern equipment. This protects the delicate curds and produces a better cheese. When you come in for a tour, you will get to see cheese being made, cut and packaged. There is always something different going on, so you never know what you are going to get to see.
You will get to see a short video about Boone Creek Creamery and the cheese making process. We will even teach you how to make your first cheese.
You can visit our Hobbit Cave where we age the cheeses, and you can sample a variety of our unique styles – like Mama Mia, Sassy Redhead, Jerk Cheddar, Scandinavian Grilling Cheese, Abbey Road, Kentucky Derby, and more. All of these are our creations and exclusive to Boone Creek Creamery.
From our observation window, you can watch our crew hard at work. We affectionately call them The Cheese Minions because they are always working furiously to make, age, cut, and package cheese. They are continually fulfilling orders for Farmers' Markets, Shows, Retailers, Restaurants, Online Orders, and of course our retail store. They never seem to stop working, and yet their fun and enthusiasm are infectious. They are a highly respected and critical part of the process here at Boone Creek Creamery, so be sure to wave and say hello.
You can become an honorary Cheese Minion too by having your picture taken in our original cheese making pot. Thousands of visitors from 1 to 100 have crawled into the pot to have their picture taken, so don’t be shy.
After we make our cheeses, they age in our Hobbit Cave at 53 degrees for at least 90 days, but we have some cheeses that are over 7 years old (private stock). This is a super-insulated room that is so efficient that we cool it with a simple window air conditioner. One of our first tours commented that it looks like a mud-covered Hobbit House, and the name stuck. Rumor has it that Gollum is hiding somewhere in The Cave, perhaps in the brine tank, so keep your eyes open.
Because we age in vacuum bags, we can allow you to actually tour the cave. This may be the only place in the country where you can enter a cheese aging room. The aroma is amazing.
Boone Creek Creamery does not add flavoring to make a cheddar or a Gouda. It's all done by the handling of the milk. How high you heat the milk, the size you cut the curds, and the length of the aging. It's all natural.
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