Tomorrow sees the opening of America’s newest venture in urban cheesemaking. Named after the nearby famed Allen-Bradley clock tower, Clock Shadow Creamery is located in the historic Walker’s Point area of Milwaukee and is the vision of cheesemaker Bob Wills.
Bob, who also owns and operates the progressive Cedar Grove Cheese facility in addition to wearing several other hats is, by any standards, a remarkable man. Over the years he has supported many start-up cheesemakers by renting out vat space, thereby allowing then to develop and refine their cheeses - awards winners such as Upland’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Willi Lehner’s Clothbound Cheddar among them. In addition, Wills is deeply committed to energy reduction, recycling and the environment, installing one of the country’s only “living machines” at his Cedar Grove facility - a device whereby wash water is cleaned and recycled with the use of plants.
With Clock Shadow Creamery, Wills’ environmental and social mission is equally evident…it is Wills and Henningfeld’s aim to allow incubator cheesemakers to rent vat space in the creamery, hopefully drawing aspiring inner city cheesemakers to put their dreams into reality and invigorate the cheese scene.
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