America’s Best Cheese Is Only $18 and You Can Get It Shipped Right to Your Door

Beehive Cheese Company’s Queen Bee Porcini was just crowned with the top U.S. honors at the World Cheese Awards in Spain.

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November 17, 2021

Here are three words that may immediately make you hungry: America’s. Best. Cheese.

And three that may make you happy: Can. Be. Yours!

While many super highly regarded foods seem out of reach (too hard to get a hold of or prohibitively expensive), the cheese that has just been crowned America’s best is actually a thing you can easily order and try.

Beehive Cheese’s Queen Bee Porcini, which was named Best American Cheese at the 2021 World Cheese Awards in Oviedo, Spain, is now available for shipping for just $18.49 per 12-ounce wedge (or three 4-ounce wedges for the same price, if you’re sharing) on the Beehive Cheese website.

Described by Beehive Cheese Company as a “savory cheddar fit for a queen,” the 2021 World Cheese Awards Super Gold-winning cheese has been hand-rubbed with “porcini mushroom dust” to “impart earthy, umami notes throughout the paste of the cheese.”

Made at a creamery nestled in a valley tucked between the tree-covered Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah, the cheese, which debuted earlier this year, received the highest possible rating from judges in the first round of the competition.

Suggested pairings include salami, olives and brined veggies.

Beehive Cheese Company also won one Gold, three Silver and two Bronze awards for several other cheeses, but it was hardly the only U.S. creamery to be decorated with medals at the 33rd edition of the World Cheese Awards, which featured more than 4,000 competing cheeses from 45 different countries, including India, Japan and Colombia, along with cheesemaking stalwarts such as France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Overall, American cheese makers took home a total of one Super Gold, nine Gold, 18 Silver and 30 Bronze awards at the competition.

Other U.S. cheeses on the podium this year included Rogue Creamery’s Crater Lake Blue Cheese, Sweet Grass Dairy’s Griffin and Tulip Tree Creamery’s Queen Anne's Lace, all of which won Gold.

Across the competition, the cheeses were assessed and the honors bestowed by 250 judges from 38 different countries. Sixteen “Super Jury” judges selected the 2021 World Champion Cheese, Olavidia, a soft goat cheese from Spanish artisan cheese maker Quesos y Besos (Cheese and Kisses).

A British judge on the panel described that cheese, in a moment live-streamed and called out by CNN, as having a “rich, seductive, creamy texture” and “a flavor that was round and warm,” before exclaiming, "I just wanted to go to bed with it.”

I guess we’ll have to taste the cheese before we judge the guy for his enthusiasm.

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