Crown Finish Caves is a cheese aging facility located in an 1850’s lagering tunnel thirty feet below the street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to their website, “We are located in the historic former Nassau Brewery building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Our caves are the old lagering tunnels of the brewery, and at approximately 50 degrees fahrenheit year round, they are the perfect temperature for aging cheese. We don’t make cheese here, we just age it; this is a centuries old practice called “affinage,” and is a prominent industry throughout Europe. We receive young cheese (AKA “Green Cheese”) from local, artisan producers, as well as from some more distant producers, even one in Italy! Most of our cheese is produced less than 250 miles from NYC, and it is always received when it is between 1-14 days old, and no rind has developed. We ripen our cheese in the ideal conditions of our historic tunnels, which were renovated into a state-of-the-art licensed NYS Dairy Plant. At full capacity, our main tunnel holds 22,000 pounds of cheese, and it’s almost full.”
WOW! Who knew? These subterranean caves below the city streets of Brooklyn, housed the Nassau Brewing Company in the 1850s.
On Saturday, you can check it out for yourself … while enjoying some wine and, you guessed it, cheese! Tickets are $70. Proceeds will benefit the expansion of the nearby Maple Street School.
Photo by: Edible Brooklyn. Read their take on the Crown Finish Caves here.