Brooklyn cheesemongers to open their underground 1850s brewery tunnels for one night

Posted On Tue, March 28, 2017 By

Posted On Tue, March 28, 2017 By In Events

Thirty feet below street level, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle of Crown Finish Caves age their deliciously moldy wares in the lagering tunnels of a former brewery beneath the Monti Building in Crown Heights, where 26,000 pounds of cheese ripens to perfection in one of the facility’s 15-foot-high brick tunnels. This weekend Crown Finish is opening up one of the unused former brewery tunnels, seldom seen by the public, to host a cheese-and-wine tasting event to benefit the expansion efforts of Maple Street School, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ cooperative preschool (h/t DNAInfo).


Benton Brown of Crown Finish Caves. Images courtesy of Crown Finish Caves.

The $70-a-ticket event, to be held Saturday, will offer a chance to sample an array of cheeses from New York, Vermont and Georgia along with wine and catered food; there will also be an auction from local artists and live music in addition to a rare peek at the subterranean space, identical to the one used to age cheese–but “maybe a little more romantic” according to Boyle.

Crown Finish Caves opened in 2014, the culmination of several years’ renovation effort in the tunnels to create “Brooklyn’s premier cheese-aging facility,” complete with state-of-the-art humidity control and cooling systems. The couple created the 70-foot space with advice from the world’s top cheese experts.

The fundraiser will happen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at 925 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Tickets can be found here.

[Via DNAInfo]

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