I had a chance week before last to tour a bunch of Wisconsin cheese factories. It was simply amazing. I tasted cheese as good or better than anything i tasted on my tours in france. A must tour for any foodie.
Roth Kaase in Monroe is a great stop. They give some tours, have a computerized smear machine, an unbelievable store, and distribute many of the artisan makers in Monroe. They also employ 5 master cheese makers. Obviously based on the amount of Swiss apprentices there they must be doing something right. Cheese to must try:
Buttemilk Blue -- un beliveable finish ..real smooth
Gruyere -- there signature
Van Gogh -- really great with a hazelnut aftertaste
Chalet in monticello is the last maker of limburger in the United States. If that isn't reason enough their baby swis has won international awards. Lots of german accents in hte long time workers
Crave Bothers in waterloo has the best mozzarella and Marscapone in hte world. 100% organic and they make all their own power. Marcapone so good it ruins you for all others afterwords.
To set up tours go to www.wisdairy.com
Great road trips to see them all.
I think they even have a road trip / tour set up on the site