On Wednesday July 31, ACS conference attendees may choose one of five all-day tours and get a backstage pass to America’s Dairyland. Tour a cheese plant, walk a dairy barn, enjoy lunch at a local tavern, and most importantly: taste award-winning Wisconsin cheese all day long. These customized, small-group tours depart Madison at 7:45 a.m. and return to Madison by 5:00 p.m. Each tour is limited to 30 people, allowing attendees to experience places that most people never see, with time for personal conversations with cheesemakers at an enjoyable pace.
Tour registration will take place as part of the conference registration process, which begins on May 6. Pricing, which is to be announced, will include transportation via an air-conditioned motor coach, lunch, all tours, and tastings at each stop.
In addition, we are excited to launch the Wisconsin Cheesemaker Pub Crawl on Wednesday, July 31! Look for more details below.
Tour A: Classic Wisconsin Cheesemaker Tour ($85)
If this is your first trip to Wisconsin cheese country, this tour has your name written all over it. First stop: Roelli Cheese in Shullsburg, where fourth generation cheesemaker Chris Roelli crafts and ages a range of American Originals in his new aging cellars. After a tour and tasting, you’ll motor up the road to historic Hook’s Cheese in Mineral Point, where the husband and wife duo of Tony and Julie Hook have been crafting super-aged cheddars and original blues for decades. Then head to scenic Bleu Mont Dairy and visit Willi Lehner, Wisconsin’s off-the-grid rock star cheesemaker, and enjoy a personal tour of his man-made underground cave and lunch on the farm. Last stop: a craft beer tasting at The Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb, one of Wisconsin’s 75 craft breweries.
- Roelli Cheese 15982 Wisconsin 11, Shullsburg, WI 535861
- Hook’s Cheese 320 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI 53565
- Bleu Mont Dairy 3480 County F, Blue Mounds, Wi 53517
- Grumpy Troll 105 South 2nd St, Mt Horeb, WI 53572