Friday, October 29, 2010


We are both pleased and proud to be able to offer Beekman 1802 Blaak at the Hudson-Chatham Winery tastingroom. Beekman 1802 Blaak is the first artisanal cheese produced from the goats at Beekman Farm.

Blaak is an Italian-style semi-hard cheese made from a 60:40 mix of unpasteurized goat and cow milk giving the cheese a mild but distinctive flavor. In keeping with traditional cheesemaking practices, this rare cheese is aged for 4 months in our caves and is coated with ash at each turning to promote the ripening of the wheel. The resulting edible black rind gives the cheese its name and makes it a true conversation piece on your table.

Beekman 1802 is owned by Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

Dr. Brent Ridge was born and raised in North Carolina. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and he was Vice President of Healthy Living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He writes for and The Huffington Post.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell was born in upstate New York and raised in rural Wisconsin. He is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Bucolic Plague," "I Am Not Myself These Days," and "Candy Everybody Wants." Kilmer-Purcell is a monthly columnist for OUT magazine and a contributor to NPR.

Of course, together, they are The Fabulous Beekman Boys of Sharon Springs, NY. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are not your average couple. They have transplanted themselves from New York City to Beekman Farm in upstate New York, where they are raising 80 goats, two pigs, a dozen chickens and a narcissistic llama -- and learning that the "simple life" isn't so simple.

Come on down to the tastingroom and get some before it's all gone!

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