Shaft's Cheese has been a family-owned and operated business for over 20 years, and it all started with a serendipitous discovery. In 1999, our founder, John "Jack" Gibson Sr. was offered some "past date" blue cheese, and after just one taste, he knew he was onto something special.
Determined to create a premium blue cheese, Jack set out on a journey to find the perfect ingredients and aging environment. He sourced the finest milk form Wisconsin and experimented with different aging techniques, eventually settling on an old gold mine shaft on his rural property in the Northern California foothills.
Today, Shaft's Cheese is proud to offer a range of delicious, artisanal cheeses that are crafted using traditional techniques and the best ingredients. We like to think of it as Wisconsin cheese with a touch of California craftsmanship.
We hope that our products inspire you to gather and celebrate all the big and small moments in life. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party or just snacking on a few olives while catching up with friends, Shaft's has something for every occasion. So go ahead and indulge in a little bit of Shaft's Cheese - we promise it will be a discovery you won't forget!
1999 Original Mineshaft
Shaft's Bleu Vein Cheese:
A savory, full-flavored blue cheese, aged for a minimum of one year. Our unique aging process produces a rich, creamy bold flavor without the overpowering taste that can often accompany blue cheese.
Shaft’s blue cheese and Wisconsin’s aged sharp cheddar. With both cheeses being aged for at least one year, the balance between the cheddar and blue make for an irresistible combination.
Ellie's Vintage 2 Year Reserve:
A classic, elegant blue cheese aged for a minimum of 24 months. The additional aging process creates a unique cheese that has a smooth, creamy taste with a sweet finish.