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  

 

CFC WINTER CHEESE SHARE!

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AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP At our Building:

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

WINTER SHARE PICK UP DATES:

Saturday Nov. 17

Saturday Dec. 15

Saturday Jan. 12

Saturday Feb. 9


The CHEESES!

You will not know what you are getting until pickup.  Below is a list of firm/semi firm cheeses from the cave for the WINTER CHEESE SHARE

Consider Bardwell Farm VT.

Goatlet – Unpasteurized Goat/Cow milk

 Spring Brook Farm VT.

Tubby – Unpasteurized Cow milk

 Grafton Village Chees VT.

Windham – Unpasteurized Cow milk

Bismark – Unpasteurized Sheep milk

Barnburner – Unpasteurized Cow milk (smoked)


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)


 
 

HOLIDAY TUBBY

SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR!

 Cheese will be wrapped of course!

Cheese will be wrapped of course!

 

Limited Holiday tubby shipping!

We are super excited to offer a holiday cheese gift option this year!!! A fat wedge of our raw milk alpine style cheese “TUBBY” is now available be shipped in the lower 48 just for the holidays.

In November and December we will be shipping wedges once a week- We are working with our friends at the USPS with flat rate boxes and stuffing with some super fancy wood curls!

Little Wedges or Big Time Chunks

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

Order Before THURSDAY Nov. 8 and we Ship MONDAY Nov. 12

Order Before THURSDAY Nov. 15 and we Ship MONDAY Nov. 19

Order Before THURSDAY Nov. 22 and we Ship MONDAY Nov. 26

Order Before THURSDAY Nov. 29 and we Ship MONDAY Dec. 3

Order Before THURSDAY Dec. 6 and we Ship MONDAY Dec. 10

Order Before THURSDAY Dec. 13 and we Ship MONDAY Dec. 17

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! 

 

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 

 

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 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. Because of space and logistical limitations, please understand that we may be unable to age your cheese at this time. 

 

ARE YOU HIRING?

 

We are currently looking for a General Operations Manger to start in October. This is an office position with some light cave work. Knowledge of Food Safety a plus. For more details, please follow the link https://www.goodfoodjobs.com/jobs/113953/general-operations-manager.html

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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 

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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.

Below are some videos from previous Cave Music shows.

 

 

Producers

We work with the following talented cheese producers: