Briar Rose Creamery is a small team of cheesemakers, crafting award-winning cheeses in Dundee, Oregon. Everything is made by hand, from start to finish. We love making great cheese that we want to eat every day and share around the table with others.
Proprietor and Cheesemaker Sarah Marcus is a Bay Area native and started making cheese in her kitchen. In 2005 she took a chance and got a job as a cheesemonger at Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco’s Ferry Building selling some of the world’s finest cheeses. It was there that she fell in love with the world of cheese and developed her palette. It was love at first bite. The owners of Cowgirl Creamery gave her an internship at their cheesemaking facility in Point Reyes Station, California. From there her feet were firmly planted on the path to making her own cheese. Her cheesemaking studies took her to England, Spain, North Carolina, and Vermont. In 2008 she and her husband moved to Dundee, Oregon with the intention to build Briar Rose Creamery. When she’s not making cheese, she’s likely to be watching birds, or photographing her cats.
Co-owner Jim Hoffman is the other half of Briar Rose Creamery. Jim is the Utility Infielder, and you’ll usually see him helping out around the creamery on weekends, working at farmer’s markets, or selling cheese at special events. During the week he wears other hats including his full time job as a copy editor for CBS Interactive. He has a particular fondness for the National Pastime.