It’s an open secret that Salt Lake City, the seat of Mormondom, is such a (comparatively) liberal city (see Craig’s old post). Though Holly reported (earlier this year) that word is starting to get out, but slowly.
That’s why — when I found this cheese at my local snooty French cheese shop — the label said “from Utah!” with an exclamation point. (Clearly the shop’s cheese expert was surprised.) Naturally, I had to try it! You folks know how big a fan I am of artisanal, local, seasonal foods, and — while I don’t live in Utah myself — I know that many of you do!
My verdict: these Jack Mormons know their stuff!
Now you may think I’m being presumptuous to just assume that these cheese-makers are jackmos, but here’s my evidence: On the one hand, they named their company the “Beehive Cheese Co.” On the other hand, they make fancy cheeses — which, frankly, lose half their pleasure if you don’t serve them with wine. Plus they included both coffee grounds and beer with the cheese in their publicity shot. Yet — and here’s the clincher — they were careful to include a plausible excuse for the coffee (“my brother owns a coffee company!”).
I can’t tell you how well it goes with beer, but I can confirm it’s tasty with wine. They should make a cheese called “Mormon Jack” though… 😉