8 Types of American Cheese That Aren't What You Think

8 Types of American Cheese That Aren't What You Think

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September 18 2018


October is American Cheese Month. But when we say American cheese, we mean artisan cheese produced in America by some of the finest cheese makers in the world—not the processed orange singles. Today, American cheesemakers are creating products with quality and flavor that rival European cheeses.

Below are some favorite award-winning cheeses from the New England area, Wisconsin, and California—ranging from affordable to splurgy. 


  1. Point Reyes Toma Cheese

    Pair this semi-hard California cheese with sweet fruits. Price hovers around $19.99/lb.

  2. Vermont Creamery St. Albans

    Pair this aged cheese with a sour beer or tart Granny Smith apples. Expect to pay around $7.99.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    The flavor of Vermont Creamery cheese is unique, due to the combination of both cow's and goat's milk. The type of rind used results in a gentle flavor for pairing exceptionally well with fruit preserves.
    Chris Luken, Certified Cheese ProessionalChris LukenCertified Cheese Professional, Oakland Road Hy-Vee
  3. Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue Cheese

    This award winner is surprisingly sweet and fruity with slight vanilla tones and a texture like butter. It's worth the splurge of around $29.99/lb.

  4. Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar

    This affordable cheddar pairs well with sourdough bread and fresh pears. The price is usually under $6. 

  5. Bruder Basil Cheese

    This creamy, mildly smoky cheese pairs well with dark beer or dry white wines. It's around $12.99/lb.

  6. Roth Kase Butterkase Cheese

    This mild, buttery cheese took third place in the 2017 American Cheese Society awards. And it's moderately priced at around $11.99/lb.

  7. Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese

    In the higher price range, this award-winning cheese is richly flavored with complex layers of caramel and a tart fruitiness. Excellent for entertaining, it's about $24.99/lb.

  8. Vermont Creamery Crumbled Goat Cheese

    Add this to your holiday shopping list. It's got a sweet and savory cranberry flavor that's excellent on turkey sandwiches or autumn salads. It's usually around $6.99.