Located in the vibrant college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zingerman's Creamery is part of the famed Zingerman's collection of businesses. The original business, Zingerman's Delicatessen, founded in March of 1982 by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, still resides in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market, and over the years has gained a national reputation for its great food and great business model.
Despite pressure to expand via franchise, Zingerman's has resisted opening up more branches. Instead they have chosen to create other stand-alone food production enterprises, in the process creating Zingerman's Creamery.
Zingerman's Creamery is headed by John Loomis, and the cheeses John makes are either from cow's or goat's milk, sourced from local dairies. The range largely consists of mold ripened and fresh cheeses, each with their own variation.
Made from pasteurized cow's milk and added cream, Bridgewater is studded with freshly ground Telicherry black peppercorns to give it an extra kick. The combination of the pepper and the natural citrus flavors of the cheese produce clean, bright flavors that wake up the taste buds without being overly assertive.
The exterior of this sphere-shaped cheese is covered with a white, bloomy rind, through which the black pepper specks peak through.