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Clock Shadow Creamery
Ranked #2 of 37 Shopping in Milwaukee
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Clock Shadow Creamery is Milwaukee's first and only cheese factory! We were founded in 2012 and are one of a few urban creameries in the country. We specialize in crafting fresh cheeses. Cheddar cheese curds made every Wednesday and Friday, goat curds, quark, chevre, and ricotta cheese are some of our customer favorites! Fresh goat cheeses are seasonally available. We also produce a variety of hard cheeses. These include our Sadie: Goat Cheddar, Capriko: Goat and Cow Milk Blend, Colby, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar cheeses with several flavors and ages. Martha's Pimento Cheeses, La Belle varieties, and Bon Bree Brick varieties are also made at our environmentally sustainable facility in the Walker's Point neighborhood. Clock Shadow Creamery is a pioneering urban cheese factory committed to being a model local venture. Our goal is to produce and provide our customers with amazingly fresh, local cheese. Our mission is simple; our cheese factory will tread softly on the local environment, provide opportunities to learn the craft of cheese making, educate the public on the nutrient value of fresh dairy products, and connect local farmers choices, with the values of our customers. While it is the first urban cheese factory in Wisconsin, our cheese makers are certainly aged - with wisdom. Clock Shadow Creamery was created by the founders of Cedar Grove Cheese, one of Wisconsin's oldest cheese producers. Clock Shadow Creamery founder, Bob Wills, grew up in the Milwaukee area. In fact, his first home was on Oklahoma Avenue, just about a mile south of the creamery. The cheese factory continues to embody these founding values and embraces new relationships with our diverse community moving forward. Growing up in Milwaukee, Bob Wills learned to appreciate the ethnic diversity of his city and its many festivals and events. His youthful involvement included helping organize the Milwaukee Hunger Hikes and Earth Day cleanups of the rivers. After leaving the area for years that included stints in Washington DC and Chicago, Bob returned to Wisconsin, married the cheese maker's daughter, took over the Cedar Grove Cheese business and achieved his goal of being a Wisconsin stereotype. Living and raising children in Plain, a town of about 700, has its great advantages, but the opportunity to bring his chosen craft to the cheese desert of Milwaukee was irresistible. The Clock Shadow Creamery is a homecoming for Bob and his son has taken on many of the responsibilities of daily operations at the Milwaukee cheese factory.
St Charles Mo
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great information”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We enjoyed the informal tour but learned a lot. THe cheese and Quark - are great. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited October 2013
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Ankeny, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
332 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Stopped at this shop while we were on a tour of Milwaukee... by reading the reviews its probably a good thing we didn't take a "tour" of the place. We stopped in and got a free kiddie cone of ice cream and we were able to look around. Probably spent about 10 min here to try some cheese samples and purchase anything we liked. Shop is super small and not much to browse at.

Not really a fan... so if you dont have to go here, I probably wouldnt go out of your way to visit.

Visited August 2013
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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A little disappointing”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Like some of the other reviewers have noted, the "tour" is just a brief informational on the factory and the cheese making process in a room that looks into the small cheese factory. I should have tempered my expectations, but I was in Wisconsin and wanted to see how cheese was made. Unfortunately, we went on a weekend, when they don't make cheese. There are a few samples in the store as well as ice cream that they make there. I was mostly disappointed that the tour wasn't free, especially for what we got to see. Warning: there are not restrooms here.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good samples but not really a "tour"”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We did learn about the process of cheese-making and watched cheese being made through a window, but we were expecting a real "tour". We were disappointed to find that we were sitting in a room (without enough chairs) and listening to an employee tell about the process with a few pics and props. It was hard to understand the whole process and it certainly didn't fit the description of a tour. The cheese samples were good and ice cream sample was great but the tour was disappointing.

Visited August 2013
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USA
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Can't call it a tour”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

If you're looking for a tour of a cheese making operation, ask if any cheese will be made during your scheduled time. Otherwise, pick another creamery. When we went, nothing was being made (and according to what we were told most cheese is made third shift when they aren't open). If you want to try fresh cheese curds or ice cream, stop by and get some. It was our first sample of cheese curds and everyone enjoyed it. On a positive note, we were met with excellent customer service when I expressed my disappointment over the "tour"...we were refunded our money.

Visited July 2013
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