Deer Creek Specialty Cheddars

Deer Creek Cheese

The taste that is redefining Cheddar.

Hand selected and custom crafted aged Cheddars. Winning 21 top U.S. and International awards in the past four years. The only 1 Year and 3 Year Aged Wisconsin State Certified Double AA Grade Cheddar.


Deer Creek Vat 17 World Cheddar

Deer Creek Vat 17 World Cheddar

The creation of Deer Creek Vat 17, with its deep, bold and complex flavors, was not an accident. Rather, it was a quest to capture the best Cheddar attributes from around the world and blend them into one outstanding cheese. Multiple test vats were developed with variations in the make procedure. These vats were then allowed to develop and blossom using proprietary aging techniques. During the two year aging process, each vat was continually monitored and inspected to focus on the single combination that would produce the body, texture, and most importantly, the flavor that would be pleasing to any Cheddar connoisseur around the world. The cheese in the 17th Vat stood out above all others.

Now available in a 2.5 lb loaf.

2011, Gold, Best Creamery Cheddar, Aged More Than 18 Months
2012, 2nd Place, Mature Cheddar, Aged Over 24 and Up To 48 Months
2012, Bronze, World Cheese Awards, Creamery Cheddar, Aged More Than 18 Months
2014, First Place Mature Cheddar, American Cheese Society


Deer Creek “The Fawn” Naturally Mellow Cheddar

Deer Creek “The Fawn” Naturally Mellow Cheddar

This traditional 22-lb. daisy is completely hand crafted by Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker Kerry Henning in Kiel, Wisconsin. It is made of milk from an area of our state where the glacial lobes of the last Ice Age converged and then receded, creating the distinctive terroir of this region of the state. We then add the unique culture set from award winning Deer Creek Vat 17 to give this young cheese fuller and more complex flavors and a milder, sweeter “mellow cheddar” finish not found in a traditional bandaged cheddar.

Now available in a 22 lb. daisy wheel.

2012, Silver, World Cheese Awards, Mature Traditional Cheddar, Sweeter Flavour
2012, Second Place, American Cheese Society, Cheddar, Aged up to 12 Months
2013, First Place, American Cheese Society, Cheddar, Aged Up to 12 Months

2014, Broze Medal Best USA Mature Cheddar, International Cheese Awards


Deer Creek “The Stag”

Deer Creek “The Stag”

Select vats of The Fawn are chosen for further aging to allow for the development of the intense, bold flavor characteristics of The Stag. It is rugged, driving strong toffee and butterscotch notes, yet possesses the sweet finish of The Fawn. As it ages, The Stag develops a hint of crystalline crunch to further enliven the taste buds with rich texture as well as flavor. The Stag is a true Wisconsin Original.

1st Place winner at the 2013 American Cheese Society competition.

Named as one of the “101 Best Cheeses of the Year” by Culture Magazine.

2013, First Place, American Cheese Society
2014, First Place Aged Cheddar, American Cheese Society

2014, Bronze Medal Best USA Extra Mature Cheddar, International Cheese Awards


Deer Creek 1 Year Select Specialty Cheddar

Deer Creek Select Specialty Cheddar

The Only Double A Grade Cheddar certified by the State of Wisconsin

Deer Creek 1 Year Select is the perfect example of what an aged Wisconsin Cheddar is famous for – a full, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth flavor that makes you want to take another bite. After one year of aging in special affinage rooms, Deer Creek 1 Year Select gradually ripens and develops its smooth, creamy texture and distinct flavor profile. After that point, our team of Wisconsin Licensed Cheese Graders seeks out only the choicest vats for additional in depth evaluation. Those vats are then graded based on the established Wisconsin Grade AA standards. Only then are the vats submitted to the Chief State Grader to be certified as Wisconsin AA Grade Aged Cheddar. Not all the cheese we submit makes the cut. The vats that do become Deer Creek 1 Year Select Specialty Cheddar.

Now available in a 2.5lb. loaf or 8oz. retail square.


2014, Third Place Aged Cheddar, American Cheese Society

2014, Silver Medal Best USA Mature Cheddar, International Cheese Awards


Deer Creek 3 Yr Reserve Specialty Cheddar

Deer Creek Reserve Specialty Cheddar

The Only Double A Grade Cheddar certified by the State of Wisconsin

The distinctively delicious taste of Deer Creek 3 Year Reserve Specialty Cheddar comes directly from its main ingredient – wholesome milk from Wisconsin. Cows spend long days grazing on deep green grasses and drinking clean, limestone filtered water. Their sweet, fresh milk is then blended together to produce a Cheddar cheese that is specifically crafted for aging. A team of Wisconsin Licensed Cheese Graders hand select only the best vats from the hundreds that are produced. As the cheese ages, they continually evaluate and inspect the cheese to ensure that the chosen vats meet the 38 specific standards of identity for flavor, texture, body and finish indicative of a AA Grade Cheddar. We are proud that Deer Creek 3 Year Reserve meets those standards and is the only Cheddar certified by the official Chief State Grader as Wisconsin’s Certified AA Grade Cheddar.

Now available in a 2.5lb. loaf or 8oz. retail square.

2012, 1st Place, Mature Cheddar, Aged Over 24 and Up to 48 Months
2011, Bronze, Best Creamery Cheddar, Aged More Than 18 Months
2013, Third Place, American Cheese Society, Mature Cheddar, Aged Over 24 and Up to 48 Months

Deer Creek 5 Yr Private Reserve Specialty Cheddar

Deer Creek 5 Yr Private Reserve Specialty Cheddar

All vats of Deer Creek Cheddar start off as Wisconsin Grade A. As cheese ages, nuances in body, texture and flavor develop and change over time. A small group of licensed cheese graders have worked closely together to hand select vats that have retained a Grade A status even after five years. Very few vats can make it to this level. We are proud to certify that Deer Creek 5 Year Private Reserve remains a true Wisconsin Grade A Cheddar.

Now available in a 2.5lb. loaf or 8oz. retail square.

2013, Second Place, American Cheese Society, Mature Cheddar, Aged Over 48 Months

2014, Gold Medal Best USA Extra Mature Cheddar, International Cheese Awards

Deer Creek 7 Yr. Proprietor’s Grand Reserve Specialty Cheddar

Deer Creek 7 Yr. Proprietor’s Grand Reserve Specialty Cheddar

Deer Creek 7 Year Proprietor’s Grand Reserve Cheddar can best be described by the word “balance.” It is a balance of how the distinctively bold flavors give way to a rich, lingering finish. And it is a balance of how the texture remains firm and smooth without becoming dry and crumbly. It is this balance in taste, texture and body that unfolds and becomes the kind of Cheddar the proprietor is proud to call his own.

Now available in a 2.5lb. loaf or 8oz. retail square.

2013, First Place, American Cheese Society, Aged Over 48 Months


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For pricing and availability, please contact:
The Artisan Cheese Exchange, Christopher Gentine, President/Owner
Email: cgentine@cheese-exchange.com or phone: +1.920.803.8100