Winter rains have left Marin’s grassy hills a brilliant emerald green, a paradise for happy herds of grazing Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein cows who produce some of the finest milk in the country. Tucked here and there in this bucolic landscape, several cheese factories use the rich, creamy milk to craft a pungent assortment of award-winning artisan cheeses. To the delight of fromage aficionados, several producers offer free tours and samples at their retail shops and tasting rooms—a perfect excuse for a tasty road trip.
If you can tear yourself away from the cheese counter at the new Mission Cheese long enough, start your weekend at the Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive's Ferment[cheese] event this Friday, which gets really nerdy–in a good way, duh!–about milk's epic journey from its liquid form into full-fledged cheesehood.
The Inner Sunset's Social Kitchen & Brewery has been catching our attention a lot lately. We highlighted them in our discussion of the cicerone (beer sommelier) trend, and then were extremely excited to hear that they're starting the weeks off right with German beer nights (Mondays are dedicated to Kolsch and Tuesdays to Dusseldorf).