Rogue Creamery wins awards

Rogue Creamery cheeses won four medals Wednesday at the 2013 World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, England.

Winning cheeses are Oregon Blue (Silver), Echo Mountain Blue (Silver), Caveman Blue (Bronze) and Chocolate Stout Cheddar (Bronze). The World Cheese Awards, run by Britain's Guild of Fine Food, is the world's largest cheese event and the most respected competition of its type in the world, according to the Creamery's press release. More than 2,700 cheeses from 34 countries were tasted and scored this week. Creamery co-owners and cheesemakers Cary Bryant and David Gremmels were among the event's 250 judges.

Created more than 55 years ago by Rogue Creamery founder Thomas Vella, Oregon Blue has won 11 national and international awards. It was the first cave-aged blue cheese made on the West Coast and is commonly cited on menus across the United States.

Echo Mountain Blue, a blend of raw cow and goat milk, has won 14 national and international awards over the past seven years. Caveman is an American original blue with a natural rind that allows it to release a bit of moisture during its cave aging to develop a thick, buttery texture. Chocolate Stout is a classic cheddar augmented with Rogue Ale's Chocolate Stout poured over the curd.

— Sarah Lemon

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