In celebration of Culture Magazines' annual Best Cheeses of the Year issue, the bimonthly cheese-centric publication has selected their 2017 favorite cheeses and pairings from each region in the United State.
Looking Glass Creamery of Fairview, N.C. was recognized as a Best Cheese of the Year for their take on a classic English-style cheddar, Drovers Road, named after the road generations of Drovers (drivers of livestock) have used to reach Charlotte from the mountains of Western North Carolina.“The road goes right through the creamery,” says Andy Perkins, who owns Looking Glass Creamery with his wife, Jen. Drovers Road is rich and dense and made from raw cow's milk with natural buttery notes and a hearty paste. The English-style cheddar pairs well with good salami, some stoneground mustard, and a crusty loaf of bread.
Also making the cut, Root & Branches' Olive Oil Crackers paired with Miette, a bloomy rind sheep and goat milk cheese, from Baetje Farms of Missouri and Sweet Peach Chutney from Virginia Chutney. Culture Cheese Magazine says "Root & Branches' toothsome olive oil crackers bring a welcome crunch without overwhelming the flavor of peaches and cream," making this a Best Cheese and Accompaniment in the South.
Both Looking Glass Creamery and Root & Branches are based in Western North Carolina and are members of the WNC Cheese Trail.