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A Wisconsin Cheese Store

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So this post is really wacky. It’s not Charleston related, or a DIY, or a recipe. I guess it falls into the “lifestyle” category. But I was so excited that I felt compelled to share.

Over the past few months, I have had to take a couple of week long work trips to Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve been told that Madison is beautiful, but I’ve been at a hotel in the country (West Madison) in the cold, alone, without a car. Needless to say I haven’t done much exploring. However, on my first trip, I discovered Brennan’s. And now I’m obsessed.

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted
Brennan’s is a grocery store. There’s one in the shopping center adjacent to “my” hotel. So, I could (and have) easily walk, even in the cold. In fact, my weekly trip to Brennan’s became the highlight of my trip.

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted
The store has a huge section of, you guessed it, cheese. Every type of cheese that you could imagine. Plus tons of samples! In the cheese section there’s also lots of beer, sausages, dips and dippers.
I had a blast trying cheese and discussing it with the employees. They are so knowledgeable! They helped me pick out lots of amazing options.

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted
If you spend $50, you can get a soft cooler for $5. I packed my cheese in the cooler inside my suitcase and had no trouble flying the cheese home.

Wisconsin Cheese Haul - Charleston Crafted

Sean’s favorite cheese has been the smoked string cheese. I am obsessed with the basil! Some of the other flavored cheeses didn’t have a lot of flavor (the blueberry and chipotle just didn’t taste very blueberry or chipotle) but the basil was amazing. I made it into a grilled cheese with tomato and it rocked my world! The cheese curds we deep fried for a Panthers game one day and we used the full-cream havarti for our Christmas fondue this year!

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted 5

Brennan's Cheese Market - Charleston Crafted 5
If you ever find yourself in the Madison, Wisconsin area, be sure to stop into Brennan’s and get some cheese!

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Mali Trueblood

Friday 30th of January 2015

As a Wisconsinite, I've been to Madison many times, as I have family there, but I've never been to Brennan's! I'll have to check it out next time. I encourage you to explore the heart of Madison more if you get the chance! It's a great city, especially in the warmer months.

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Morgan

Friday 30th of January 2015

Thanks! I would love to go back when it was nice weather, I hear that Madison proper is beautiful and there is a lot of fun water activities!

Ana Valentin

Friday 30th of January 2015

As a vegetarian I'd need some rennet free cheese but that cheesecake looks absolutely DELISH!

Morgan

Friday 30th of January 2015

Oooh I don't think I could ever live without cheese :)