Place of purchase: Surdyk’s
Title: Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI
This farmhouse gouda is crafted from raw milk by Marieke Penterman, who learned to make cheese in Holland. This is the most authentic gouda made in the US: the sweet and nutty flavor intensifies with age, making it an excellent pair with toasty beer like Oktoberfest or Winter Ale.
Gouda was probably the first real cheese I ever had; I don’t count the generic processed stuff we generally put on hamburgers. ;) This cheese is like the Gouda I remember, but so much better. It has a rather mild flavor, but is still strong enough to stand up with good wine or beer.