The results are in from the annual American Cheese Society show, arguably the premier cheese competition in the United States.
The big winner? Black Star Farms, a.k.a. the Leelanau Cheese Co., of Suttons Bay, Michigan. The company's Aged Raclette beat out over 1,200 entries to take the “Best of Show” award.
Black Star Farms wasn't the only cheesemaker to win plaudits though. Fast-rising Beecher's Handmade Cheese of Seattle took home second place overall for their Flagship Reserve. (Technically, the ACS called them "first runner-up", but by my math that means second.)
Meanwhile, another entrant from the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin-based Roth Kase USA, came in third ... er, "Second Runner-Up" ... for the Roth’s Private Reserve.
Vermont Shepherd, a sheep's-milk cheesemaker in Putney, Vermont, was honored as the best farm house cheese in the country.