Like early hominids, cheese matures most effectively in a cave. Enjoy a highly evolved snack with this Groupon.
$20 for a Stinky Rewards Club Membership ($100 Value)
Membership in the Stinky Rewards Club grants a discount of 20% off all dairy cheeses for one year. The shop's aromatic selections include a 300-day gorgonzola ($18/lb.), a classic, five-year aged gouda from Holland ($20/lb.), and a seven-year aged cheddar by Quebec Vintage ($22/lb.). Shop assistants are always available to offer samples of rare and unique offerings.
"I feel a little like a detective," reveals Luke Johnson, overseer of the cheese cave at Stinky Bklyn, to the New York Times. He continues, "I…try to steer people toward something new. If they say they don't like goat, I really push the goat because people don't realize there are so many varieties." And push they do. Staff members pass indulgent segments of their carefully aged cheeses, offering approachable wisdom to novices and a wide-ranging selection for aficionados. The charming Smith Street institution has opened a new location between Baltic and Butler, with fridges and pantries stocked with international morsels such as chocolates, oils, vinegars, and beer, as well as an impressive ham bar.
Visitors can request a peak at the temperature- and humidity-controlled cheese cave, where Luke and staff nurture each wheel through distinct aging processes. Cheeses dwell within the cavern for anywhere from a few days to a few years, undergoing washing, soaking in beer or brine, and the opportunity to view culturally enriching cave paintings. Owners Patrick Watson, Michele Pravda, and Chris Remy also added a green garden and patio behind the shop, providing an ideal place for tastings or a peaceful spot for enjoying one of the shop's artisan sandwiches.