Inside Beecher Cheese Factory and Shop, New York

Beecher Cheese, New York City, Flagship Reserve cheese

Beecher Cheese, a Seattle cheese-maker, yesterday opened the doors to its brand new, 8,000 square foot New York factory and store.

I dropped in during my lunch hour to spy on the cheese-making process, which happens smack dab in the front of the store behind two-story high glass panes.

Beecher’s enormous space is enough room to hold a sizable cheese-making area, a

retail shop with at least three separate cheese cases, and a long lunch counter, where hot sandwiches, soup, and coffee are sold. There are some seats downstairs that look into the wet cheese-makers’ area, where long, steel tanks hold hundreds of gallons of whey and curds and workers wear water proof boots and long gloves. Hoses pop up everywhere to rinse various equipment. It’s a rather unromantic scene.

Beecher Cheese factory New York City

Beecher Cheese factory, New York City

Up a short flight of stairs is an additional seating area that also looks into the cheese room, but from a bird’s eye view. Some tables and chairs dot the center of the room, but along the window is a bar-like area where the seats are old metal milk pails.

For opening day, Beecher was offering a 50 percent discount on everything. I tasted a few of the company’s signature cheeses, which are all in the cheddar style, plus a Smokey Blue (too rich and smokey for my taste, but reminiscent of a cobb salad, that baconish whiff of smoke mingling with the tang of blue veins in the cheese), and a nutty semi-hard and lightly orange cheese called Field Green. I bought a quarter pound for a little less than $3 with the sale.

Eater reported that Beecher’s has a cellar
, too, which I did not explore. I’ll have to return on a day when it’s less crowded.

About Jill E Duffy
Jill E Duffy is a writer from New York, currently living in India. She writes about technology, productivity, as well as health and fitness.

3 Responses to Inside Beecher Cheese Factory and Shop, New York

  1. Anonymous says:

    The NY store looks exactly like the Seattle one! I’m so pleased that Beecher’s came to New York, so now I can stuff my face with their grilled cheese + tomato sandwich on either coast! Also Jill, I love reading your blog, it’s so cool that you’re doing this

  2. Anonymous says:

    The NY store looks exactly like the Seattle one! I’m so pleased that Beecher’s came to New York, so now I can stuff my face with their grilled cheese + tomato sandwiches on either coast! Also Jill, I love reading your blog, it’s so cool that you’re doing this

    • Jill Duffy says:

      I ate lunch at Beecher a few days ago. A woman kept feeding me so many samples, though, that by the time I was ready to order, I was barely hungry. I tried a strata (torn bread, eggs, sausage, cheese baked into one big fluffy mass), Beecher’s classic mac-n-cheese with penne pasta, and a summer gratin. They were all very yummy, but heavy!

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