It comes as no surprise that Wisconsin is the largest cheese producer in the USA, seeing as “America’s Dairyland” makes over two billion pounds of cheese every year. It is common to see Packer fans sporting foam cheeseheads on Sundays in Green Bay, but Milwaukee serves up some of the best cheese in the state. When the State Fair is in town, you’ll even be able to enjoy deep-fried cheese on a stick. From squeaky cheese curds to the artisan variety, any cheese craving can be satisfied with our cheese lover’s guide to Milwaukee.
Clock Shadow Creamery is the original urban cheese factory of Milwaukee and aims to provide customers with the best fresh, local cheese. Visitors can learn about the history of cheese making by joining the tours offered and pick up some fresh cheddar cheese curds made that same day. Not only is delicious-tasting cheese important to Clock Shadow Creamery, but they are also committed to sustainability, cheese education, and supporting local farmers.
Lakefront Brewery not only serves up delicious craft beers, but it is also a beer cheese lover’s paradise. Their homemade recipes using the finest local Wisconsin ingredients are served in a German-style beer hall. Wisconsinites love to mix beer and cheese, and you will be treated to a number of those combinations here, including beer-battered cheese curds, beer cheese fries, and even beer cheese fondue.
From gourmet to gifts, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart has everything a cheese lover’s heart could desire. Founded on Old World Third Street in 1938, this cheese market has 80 years of experience providing the best award-winning and gourmet cheeses from Wisconsin. They carry over 150 different varieties of cheese in the shop and ship to all 50 states so that people all across the country can enjoy a taste of Wisconsin.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Wisconsin Cheese Mart opened the Über Tap Room right next door to complement its vast cheese selection. Visitors can check out the cheese menu for the best beer and artisan cheese pairings, and the knowledgeable bar staff is happy to give recommendations. The Cheese Bar also teams up with local breweries for regular pairing events that are not to be missed.
The award-winning West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe can be found at two locations—in the Milwaukee Public Market and the suburb of West Allis. The shop carries a large selection of both Wisconsin and imported cheeses, as well as a range of other gourmet foods that pair well with the artisan cheeses they sell. For those with a sweet tooth or in the mood for something different, try one of their chocolate cheeses!