Founded by Jim Schott in 1989, Haystack Mountain is located in Longmont, Colorado. A former teacher, Jim felt he wanted a complete change of direction that satisfied a desire for both physical work and to be surrounded by animals.
Although originally a farmstead operation, Jim sold his dairy when he retired from daily operations in 2008. Today, milk for cheese production comes from Haystack's partner dairy at the Skyline Correctional Center in Cañon City, located in southwest Colorado. The inmates run all aspects of the dairy from breeding to milking, and care for 1,100 head of goats of various breeds.
Haystack Mountain makes a variety of young and aged goat's milk cheeses.
Red Cloud is a smooth, soft, washed-rind, 8oz. wheel with a reddish-orange rind and a powerful flavor that is both balanced and complex.
With age these wheels lose moisture and develop an intensity of flavor that still maintains a balance. There is a noticable tang present alongside rich, earthy and meaty flavors.
Pair with a spicy Alsatian Pinot Gris, a good Reisling or Gewurtztraminer, or a strong dry beer.