Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an aged, alpine-style cheese. Like the coveted alpage versions of Beaufort and Gruyere, Pleasant Ridge is made only in the summer months, while Uplands Cheese cows are grazing fresh pasture.
The sweetness born from the grass-fed milk combines with the savory flavors developed by the cheese’s natural, washed rind. The resulting complexity – rich and salty, with a long, fruity finish – has made Pleasant Ridge one of the most distinctive and celebrated cheeses in the country.
In fact, Pleasant Ridge is the most-awarded cheese in American history, having won Best of Show in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition three times (2001, 2005 and 2010), and having also won the US Cheese Championships in 2003. It is the only cheese to have won ACS Best of Show three times, and the only cheese to have ever won both of the major, national cheese competitions.