Crown Finish Caves- 
is a cheese aging facility located in an 1850's lagering tunnel thirty feet below the street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

We are located in the historic former Nassau Brewery building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Our caves are the old lagering tunnels of the brewery, and at approximately 50 degrees fahrenheit year round, they are the perfect temperature for aging cheese. We don't make cheese here, we just age it; this is a centuries old practice called "affinage," and is a prominent industry throughout Europe. We receive young cheese (AKA "Green Cheese") from local, artisan producers, as well as from some more distant producers, even one in Italy! Most of our cheese is produced less than 250 miles from NYC, and it is always received when it is between 1-14 days old, and no rind has developed. We ripen our cheese in the ideal conditions of our historic tunnels, which were renovated into a state-of-the-art licensed NYS Dairy Plant. At full capacity, our main tunnel holds 22,000 pounds of cheese, and it's almost full. 

You can find our cheeses throughout the NYC metropolitan area, as well as in Philadelphia, DC, Boston, Nashville, and Chicago. 

 

Where to find

Some of the retail and restaurant locations we've been working with:

New York City: 

Mid Atlantic

NorthEast

South

West

 

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

CAN I COME TAKE A TOUR? 

 

Thank you for your interest in taking a tour of our caves! Food Safety is a primary concern for us here at Crown Finish Caves, and in order to prevent contamination or other sanitation issues we are unable to offer tours to the public. To get an idea of what the daily operations, cheese aging techniques, and the facilities look like, please follow us on Instagram! For a taste of our cheeses, you can find a list of our retailers here. 

 

HOW DO I BUY CHEESE?

 

Retailers and restaurants can contact us at orders@crownfinishcaves.com for wholesale information.

 

If you are interested in purchasing cheese from us on a smaller scale, for personal consumption, gifts, parties, and events, we would love to help you! Our stock and availability is always changing, so email us with your inquiry and we will be happy to do our best to accommodate your needs. We are working on setting up an e-commerce platform that will make online cheese purchasing easier for everybody. Please let us know if you have any feedback.

 

CAN I HOST AN EVENT THERE?

 

We sometimes have events in our historic, un-renovated tunnels, which we do not use for cheese aging. Here is a list of some of the events that we have hosted in the past. If you need a unique space to host an event and are interested in using our tunnels, please contact us.

 

WILL YOU AGE MY CHEESE?

 

We strive to create sustainable relationships with our farms by giving farmers the time to focus on what you do best: farming and cheesemaking. We take the stress of sales and aging out of production, leading to the best tasting finished product possible, however. we operate under many limitations that may not allow us to bring in your cheese.  Please contact us with partnership inquiries. 

 

ARE YOU HIRING?

 

We are not actively hiring, however as a growing company we are always keeping an eye out for new talent. While there are currently no paid positions available, we do have an internship program which has the potential to lead to employment. Please contact desk@crownfinishcaves.com with any internship inquiries.