Crown Finish Caves is a cheese aging facility and NYS licensed dairy plant located in the former lagering tunnels of the Nassau Brewery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. 

Thirty feet below the street, our caves were originally designed for fermenting beer and with an average year round temperature of 50 degrees fahrenheit, they provide the perfect environment for aging cheese, too! This is a centuries old practice called "affinage," and is a prominent industry throughout Europe. We receive "green cheese", or cheese around 1 week old that hasn't developed a rind yet, from local, artisan producers, as well as from one as far away as Italy! Our main tunnel currently holds 28,000 pounds of cheese, and it's almost full  

 

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Cheeses

We work with a variety of producers and are currently aging the following cheeses:

 

 

R&D Cheeses

We have a variety of ongoing small batch affinage projects with numerous producers.

 

Retired Cheeses 

Producers

We work with the following talented cheese producers:

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

CAN I COME TAKE A TOUR? 

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 or get a ticket for one of our cave music events.

 

HOW DO I BUY CHEESE?

Please check out our "Where to Find Us" section to locate a CFC retailer near you We host pop-up cheese shops out of our facility every month. Check our Instagram or Facebook for updates on the next pop-up. We donate 50% of all cheese pop-up proceeds to a different charity every month.

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

 WILL YOU AGE MY CHEESE?

All affinage inquiries can be sent to desk@crownfinishcaves.com. 

 ARE YOU HIRING?

We are always looking for good folks to join our team. Many times we have internships available and they will be posted here. Email us if you think you might be a good fit.

LOCAL CHEESE CSA

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SPRING CSA

signup DEADLINE Wednesday March 6

AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP At our Building:

Crown Heights (925 Bergen St. 11:30-1:00)

SPRING CHEESE SHARE PICK UP DATES (open):

Saturday Mar. 9

Saturday April 6

Saturday May 4

Saturday June 8


The CHEESES!

You will not know what you are getting until pickup.  Could be raw or pasteurized and might be cow, goat, sheep or buffalo!


Option 1:  LITTLE CHEESE  $80.00 {$20/LB  ($20/per month)}

1 LB of CHEESE!  (consisting of one 1LB wedge of cheese from the cave)

Option 2:  BIG CHEESE  $148.00 {$18.50/LB  ($37/per month)}

 2 LBS of CHEESE!  (consisting of two 1LB wedges of  two different cheeses from the cave)

Each wedge is hand cut by our team and weights may vary ever so slightly


 

TUBBY

SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR

(or someone else’s)

Cheese will be wrapped of course!

Cheese will be wrapped of course!

 

tubby shipping

Got an event coming up? Maybe a birthday gift you need to get out there? Or a thank you gift? or just that cheese loving uncle you want to surprise.

A fat wedge of our raw milk alpine style cheese “TUBBY” is now available be shipped in the lower 48 plus Hawaii!

We’ll be shipping wedges once a week and are working with our friends at the USPS with flat rate boxes and stuffing them with some super fancy wood curls! (and a personalized note if you want!)

Little Wedges or Big Time Chunks

Get your order in by Thursday at noon and we’ll ship the following Monday.

Depending on your zone, cheese will land 1-3 days after shipping

Tubby label designed by the      Emmy Award winning Mike Perry!!

Tubby label designed by the Emmy Award winning Mike Perry!!

 
 
Photo courtesy of @colejwood

Photo courtesy of @colejwood

Where to find us

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

Online

New York: 

Mid Atlantic

NorthEast

South

Mid-West

California

We are now available at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast, North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, and South! 

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UPCOMING CAVE MUSIC DATES

 

Below are some videos and pictures from previous Cave Music shows.

Cave Music Vol. 7 Eva Salina and Peter Stan - January 25, 2019 Crown Finish Caves- Brooklyn NY

Cave Music Vol. 7 Jefferson Hamer - January 25, 2019 Crown Finish Caves - Brooklyn NY

Cave Music Vol. 6 Katie Linnane and Ivan Goff - November 8, 2018

Cave Music

Once part of the Nassau Brewery, the Tunnels at Crown Finish Caves date back to the 1850s, when they were used for fermenting lagers until the brewery's closure during Prohibition. Cave Music is a bi-monthly subterranean concert series located in the intimate setting of one such tunnel.  

Cheesy food and beverages are available for purchase at all Cave Music events

Check our Instagram and Facebook feeds or sign up for our newsletter Notes from the Underground for updates on upcoming shows and pop-ups! Tickets go very fast. We also try to hold a raffle for a few tickets at our pop-up cheese shop events.


Ticket sales begin Monday Feb. 25th at 12pm

Tickets for Cave Music Vol. 8 can be purchased at the link below.

Cave Music Vol. 6 Hubby Jenkins November 8, 2018

NEWS/PRESS

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Crown finish Caves

Food writer David Lebovitz stopped by the caves for a tour and cheese tasting

 

Magazine f, New Wave on cheese: Benton Brown & Susan Boyle

Korean food magazine, Magazine F, spent the day with us and took more pictures than we’ve ever seen anyone take. We think they came out stellar!

 

top triple creams to serve at the holidays

We are honored to see Gatekeeper, our cow and sheep milk triple cream from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, featured in this holiday triple cream list written by Kristine Jannuzzi.

 

in queso you missed it: november 18

Our custom project, Amour from Walden, in partnership with Saxelby Cheemongers and Angry Orchard Cider, was featured.

 

111 places in brooklyn that you must not miss

Our Cave Music series and monthly Pop-Up shops were featured in this great book about Brooklyn! Find us nestled between other borough attractions like cricket games at Dead Horse Bay!

 

Autumn’s best cheese is washed in apple cider

More praise for our triple cream, Gatekeeper! Washed in Farm Flor hard cider by Graft Cidery. You can learn more about how the apple cider wash gives Gatekeeper it’s unique funky-sweetness here

 

BONE CHAR SQUARE: ONE CRAZY ASH CHEESE

The Bone Char Square, our collaboration with Blue Hill, Saxelby Cheesemongers, and Old Chatham Sheepherding, was featured in this August 2018 article in Culture Magazine!

 

THE 20 BEST CHEESES OF 2018 ACCORDING TO EXPERTS

We are honored that our Bufarolo, from Quattro Portoni in Italy, AND Barkeater, from Consider Bardwell Farm, were considered among the 20 best cheeses of 2018!

 

5 New york chevres perfect for any picnic, salad, cheese plate- you name it

Cheese expert and author Tia Keenan listed Cloud Heights, our lactic set cow & goat milk cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, in this list of picnic perfect chevres and we couldn’t agree more!

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Bi-Monthly Pop-Ups

OUR NEXT POP-UP SHOP is SATURDAY MARCH 9 2;30-4:30pm

Every other month or so we have a Pop-UP Cheese Shop in our building where we sell cheese in our community. You’ll find unusual cheeses and R&D projects that can’t be found in stores, along with more exclusive offerings like our cave butter.

We donate 50% of our cheese sale proceeds to a charity of our teams choice. Below are a list of charities we have donated to in the past. #cheeseforcharity