Clock Shadow Creamery – Urban Cheese Factory in Milwaukee, WI

In the shadow the of Allen-Bradley Clock Tower, at the corner South 2nd and Bruce Street in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, lives the Clock Shadow Creamery. One of only a handful of urban creameries in the United States, Clock Shadow opened in 2012 and brings milk in refrigerated trucks from Oconomowoc to produce some tasty cheeses in downtown Milwaukee. Cheeses are available to taste and purchase and “tours” are offered frequently.

Clock Shadow Creamery store

Clock Shadow Creamery store

If you’d like to attend a Clock Shadow Creamery tour, be sure to make reservations ahead of time. The creamery is small and tour group size is limited. You should know ahead of time that you won’t be walking through the actual production area where the cheese is made, though windows from the store and tour room do give a glimpse into the cheese making area. The tour is more of a lecture that lasts about 30 minutes given by one of about 12 store employees. You do not meet any of the ~3 cheese makers. The lecture is aided by 8×10″ photographs and visual props including molds used in production. Guides are great about answering any questions you may have and do thoroughly explain the cheese making process and history of the creamery. Tours cost $3 per adult and $1.50 per kid. For more information, visit the Clock Shadow Creamery website.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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