Men’s Health guides us through Pastoral’s really good American series of their cheese of the month club.
For years now, American cheese makers coast-to-coast have been perfecting their craft by producing stateside variations of old-world favorites like Gruyère and Brie, as well as uniquely American creations like Monterey Jack. But if you’re tired of yet another hunk of Humboldt Fog or Maytag Blue, there’s a good chance that even the most discerning cheese lovers among you will be pleasantly surprised by the offerings in the “Artfully American Series” cheese-of-the-month club, available from Chicago’s Pastoral. Featuring two new cheeses shipped overnight every 30 days, the club serves as an exclusive, guided tour of the latest innovations from the artisanal American dairyland – and we’re not just talking Vermont or Wisconsin, but some real finds from Midwestern states like Illinois and Iowa that aren’t typically known for their cheeses. These examples are so exclusive and so new to the market, and made in such small quantities, that they are not even available at Pastoral’s three stores.