Face Rock Creamery is a young, Award-Winning cheddar creamery in Bandon Oregon on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. Founded in May 2013, Face Rock Creamery has been gaining national acclaim and followers with its wonderful handmade cheeses.
Specializing in Cheddar, Face Rock Creamery believes in a classic approach to cheese making where things are done the old fashion way, and nothing artificial or unnecessary is added. Cheddar cheese has been made for centuries, and Face Rock Creamery honors this tradition and heritage with each curd it produces.
Artful attention to detail in the craft of cheese making has paid off, as Face Rock Creamery has been honored with two American Cheese Society (ACS) 1St First Place Blue Ribbons in our first two years of business. This is the highest honor in cheese making, and testimony to the quality of our cheese.
Bandon has dairy in its roots. Face Rock Creamery sits nestled atop the Oregon coastline, an ideal climate for supporting lush green pastures. The rugged terroir of the Southern Oregon coast is a result of coastal storms and salty winds from the ocean waves, combined with high humidity and cool evenings that yield richer grasses year-round.
Milk produced by grass-fed cows pastured in this tough, yet fertile environment develops a deep and complex taste so rich you can see and taste the difference in quality.
Our partners, The Scolari Family Dairy, have been producing quality milk in the Coquille Valley of Oregon since the 1930’s on their 600 acre farm. The Scolari’s, just like Face Rock Creamery, are committed to doing things the correct way, without adding any artificial ingredients. The dairy is only 15 miles away from the Creamery, ensuring that the milk arrives at its peak condition. This commitment, along with a superior herd of Holstein and Brown Swiss cows, combine to give Face Rock Creamery milk of supreme quality.
We see the cheese making process through from start to finish. We begin with grass-fed cows’ milk, and finish with small batches of cheese with no added preservatives, no shortcuts and no fuss.
For additional info on our Dairy, please see the “Our Dairy” section
It’s simple: Milk, Cultures & Salt.
Here at the creamery, head cheesemaker Brad Sinko dedicates each day to maintaining the integrity of the dairy and the cheese making tradition. Through thoughtful and intuitive blending of pure and simple ingredients, Brad delivers his ode to hand-made, small- batch, delicious cheeses. The ingredients for great cheese are simple; great milk, and a great cheesemaker. At Face Rock Creamery, we are lucky enough to have both.
For additional info on Brad Sinko our master cheesemaker, please see the “Our Cheesemaker” section
In 2011, missing its Cheese Factory, and tired of seeing the eyesore that was the vacant lot of the demolished Factory, the City of Bandon started negotiations with the (then) owner of the old cheese factory property and was able to purchase the land and bring it back into local ownership.
Once the property was back in the City’s hands, the idea that a cheese factory might come back to Bandon was buzzing. Face Rock Creamery had the same dream in mind and the timing was perfect. Face Rock Creamery began its due diligence process and acquired the details of what it would take to build and re-open a cheese making and cheese exporting business in Bandon.
Working directly with Matt Winkel (the city manager) and the City council, Greg Drobot and Daniel Graham were able to establish a method for rebuilding. Utilizing the Urban Renewal agency, the city would build the “grounds structure” which would also facilitate (possible) future businesses and the Cheese makers would build the business (including the building) to accompany that. This partnership has made it possible for the cheese factory to return to Bandon. The State of Oregon has applauded these efforts as it gave the “League of Oregon Cities Award for Excellence;” mainly citing these cooperative efforts.
As the developers build, they are utilizing local staff wherever possible. The community involvement with the building and operation of the finished factory is extremely high. The people of Bandon are elated for the cheese factory and its new beginnings. Face Rock Creamery Cheeses can now be found in many grocery stores and restaurant menus as well, and its popularity is growing. Come and experience the difference! The name of the factory is Face Rock Creamery; write it down, tell your friends. Let’s continue to support Bandon together!