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Beecher's Handmade Cheese, Seattle
Stop into Pike Place Market to witness curds being made from scratch behind the giant windows at Beecher's, which opened here in 2003 and added a New York City outpost in 2011. In Seattle, all the cheeses hail from west of the Mississippi, with many made right in the Pacific Northwest. Signature house creations include the cheddar-meets-Gruyère-style, 15-month-aged Flagship. It lends a nutty flavor to the mac and cheese, which Beecher's boldly claims to be the "world's best."
Cheesemonger's Choice: Beecher's ultra-rare Flagsheep features a butterscotch sweetness and won the American Cheese Society's Best of Show in 2012 ($29.95/pound).