With the recent debut of Big Rock Blue, a cow’s-milk cheese from Central Coast Creamery, California adds yet another blue cheese to its roster. By my count, that makes three for the Golden State.
The popular Point Reyes Original Blue pretty much owns this niche. Fresno-area cheesemaker Bill Boersma makes a blue cheese, but you have to go to his small factory to buy it. When Central Coast Creamery proprietor Reggie Jones asked distributors where they saw an opportunity, blue cheese always headed the list.
After three years of development, Jones shipped his first 5-pound wheels of Big Rock Blue late last year. His entire output – about 150 wheels a month – stays in the Bay Area. By fall, he will have a larger ripening room that will permit a boost in production. Until then, Big Rock Blue will be scarce.
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Craig Lee / Special to The Chronicle
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