Step Right Up for a Sniff: Charming Wisconsin Town Home to Limburger
There's only one place in the United States that crafts the famous stinker known as Limburger -- and it's a pretty special place. The town of Monroe, Wisconsin is home to the Chalet Cheese Co-Op, where Myron Olson, master Limburger cheesemaker, does his job.
“It takes time, but it grows on you,” Olson says wryly, of the pungent, ammonia-like stench wafting through the plant, where huge vats of steaming curds eventually become blocks of Limburger. Employees then rub the fresh blocks by hand on aged pine boards coated in the prized 100-year-old bacteria that is recycled daily to ensure the flavor stays true. Visitors can’t tour the plant but there is a small store.
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