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Cowgirl Creamery Drake cheese sighting

Bryan's in Laruel Village had the elusive SF Drake this afternoon.

Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

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  1. I love this cheese. It’s rarely available but we always keep a lookout or it. We found some at the Cheeseboard in Berkeley yesterday. When we sampled it our response was: WOW! Good cheeses vary from batch to batch and this particular batch tastes spectacular. We bought a round which we will enjoy tonight.

    1. Thanks mrs bacon. First check at the Cheeseboard and it wasn't there yet, next morning at 10 grabbed the first round. The price is still $23.75 a pound, what I paid last year, or about $13 a round.

      1. They had several rounds at Haight Street Market yesterday also. I was tempted, but didn't get any.

        1. Rainbow has it too -- as of Tuesday midday. Wholes and halves. Not sure of the price...

          Rainbow Grocery
          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. re: bgbc

            From what I understand, cheese will stop aging when cut, so make sure those halves are nice and ripe before buying.

          2. As of early afternoon today, only half rounds available at Cheeseboard.

            I'm still amazed by how good this cheese is each time I'm fortunate enough to come across it.

            1. Last Sunday this was one of the "sale" cheeses at Cowgirl's booth at the San Rafael civic center farmers market, marked down to $12 from $14. already sold out at the time I was there, but maybe there's more and it might reappear today.

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                1. re: alfairfax

                  Just came back from Rainbow, 4 1/2 wheels left there if anyone's interested...

              1. I picked a wheel up @ the ferry building yesterday at around 1000am, and the monger there told me they still have quite a bit available.

                I'm going to cut into it tonight. I've never had it before- any pairing suggestions from those who have?

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                1. re: jmconcierge

                  I found a tasting note which could give a hint.
                  "François Chidaine 2005 Montlouis Moëlleux (Late Harvest Chenin Blanc) paired with the Cowgirl Creamery's Sir Francis Drake"

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Beautiful! I'm off to BevMo...


                2. 4/4/11 at 4:26 2 rounds of SFD at the Country Cheese on Hopkins, 1 felt very ripe one somewhat less.

                  Country Cheese
                  1578 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

                  1. Saw a couple this afternoon at the self-serve counter at Berkeley Bowl East, plus one half cut and wrapped in plastic (less than ideal), all priced at $28.99/lb.

                    Berkeley Bowl
                    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      About 10 wholes at Whole Foods Berkeley yesterday. $29.99/lb. I bought the one half there.

                    2. Bought half of one at Faletti today. It was expensive at $29.99/lb.... They had quite a few more.

                      1. FWIW, I asked at Lake Merritt FM stand last Saturday (4/23) and the woman there said it was done -- no more.

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                          1. re: wolfe

                            We got another wheel about a week ago and also some Red Hawk. It seems like the Drake is in-between their Mt. Tam and Red Hawk. It was interesting to eat side by side with the Red Hawk. The Red Hawk is creamier and has a more assertive funk. The Drake has an irresistible and very delicious intense buttery-cheesy flavor and silky texture. It’s a very well rounded and satisfying cheese.

                            1. re: Ridge

                              The Sir Francis Drake reportedly starts out the same way as the Mt. Tam but something different happens with the culture so they age it differently.

                        1. They had it at the Cowgirl Creamery stand at the Oakland Grand Lake Farmer's Market on Saturday, about $16/ round (I guess there was more variance in size in this batch - they varied by a dollar or two, depending on weight). Found it had a slight, almost blue cheese tang. Interesting cheese, though I think I like a properly ripened Red Hawk more.

                          Cowgirl Creamery - Petaluma Facility
                          105 H St, Petaluma, CA 94952

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                          1. re: daveena

                            They had a few rounds at Grand Lake again today.

                            1. re: mdougherty

                              Got some at cowgirl in the ferry building on Sat. It is really great.

                              1. re: lrealml

                                We got a wheel the previous weekend at the cheeseboard in Berkeley. We ate it on Sunday. First with a toasted baguette. Then we tried it on its own. WOW! This is definitely a cheese that is better to eat by itself. No bread, no crackers. It was so amazing! It has an intense concentrated cheese flavor that makes my taste buds smile.