Crown Finish Caves
Brooklyn, New York
Crown Finish Caves, located deep beneath the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, are the borough's first and only true cheese caves. The buildings above Crown Finish were purchased in 2000 by Benton Brown and Susan Boyle, artists who intended to turn them into residences and work/studio spaces for artists and artisans. They knew of the existence of the subterranean tunnels, but it took them a bit of noodling to figure out what to do with them.
The proverbial light switch was flipped on when Benton took a cheesemaking course with Peter Dixon, a man who we like to refer to as the Johnny Appleseed of the American artisan cheese movement here at Saxelby Cheese. After Peter's cheese course, Benton was convinced that the tunnels, used to lager beer in the 1800's and possibly as a speakeasy in Prohibition times, would be perfect for aging cheese.
After a stint in France apprenticing with master affineur Herve Mons and consulting with Mateo Kehler at Jasper Hill Farm, Benton and Susan constructed a working cheese cave to finish cheeses from different farms across the northeast. Today Crown Finish ages cheeses from six different producers - some are washed, some are bandaged in lard, some are left to their own devices to grow wild and wondrous molds, and all are delicious!
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