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Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet Inc, DeForest

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In 1969, Ralph and Lucille (nicknamed Sis) Ehlenbach purchased Fenlon's House of Cheese in DeForest, Wisconsin. They ran the small cheese and gift store under that name until 1972, at which time they changed the name to Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet.

In 1972, Jim Ehlenbach began working with is parents at the store and eventually became store manager. In 1986, Ralph Ehlenbach passed away. Jim then took over ownership of the store and carried on the family business.

In 1987, Jim expanded the west side of the building. This was the first of many improvements to come Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet.

Jim's son Brian, started working at the store in 1992. Over the years, Jim trained Brian in the hopes that someday he might want to take over the family business.

In 2001, Brian married his high school sweetheart and co-worker Karie Kopplin. In January of 2002, Brian and Karie took over operation of the family business.

Although Brian and Karie have modernized many aspects of the store, the original theme of Ehlenbach's remains the same. They still hand-cut cheese the same way that Ralph and Lucille did over 40 years ago. While actively seeking the best cheeses that Wisconsin has to offer, they still deal with many vendors that the family has used since 1972. Brian still carries on his dads method of aging cheddar and Swiss to perfection.

Ehlenbach's pride and joy, Sissy the Cow, stands just in front of the store. She was named after Lucille Ehlenbach, whose nickname was Sissy. She has watched on as three generations of Ehlenbachs have carried on the legacy.
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  • Not only do they work with some of the best cheese company is around, they also do several unique things such as aging and smoking cheese on-site. So the selection of cheeses overlap with some of the ...  more »
  • While passing through Wisconsin, I had to stop to pick up two things, local cheese and beer. I was happy to be able to get both here. The service was very helpful on helping me decide what to get. The...  more »
  • We had a great time stopping here for our first time last summer on our way up to the cabin. We stopped at the same time a tour bus did and that made for long lines and they ran out of a couple of thi...  more »
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  • An excellent cheese selection! The girl working was not friendly at all, unfortunately. No greeting upon entering and didn't even talk to us while we were browsing. Barely uttered a word while checking out, either. I have to say, though, probably the best cheese curds I've ever had and the selection of cheese was wonderful.
  • Truly cool place to stop. Yes touristy but the cheese is great and it has an AWESOME cheese selection. Mushroom cheese. Blueberry havarti. Cheese shaped like a football LOL
  • The prices were not reflective of the market and the quality. Way too expensive for average quality. I will say that the Bellavitano cheese was the exception. I was about to walk away from the counter when the very friendly and helpful employee offered the Bellavitano. I'm glad she did. It made the stop worth it. :) Most everything else there is priced like gold but the quality is like brass (In my opinion).
  • Great selection, reasonable prices and superior customer service. This is my favorite cheese place to shop. They will even ship your wine to your home if you're in a CMV and can't take it with you. Try the 5 year aged cheddar. It's my favorite.
  • Delicious Cheese. No Free Samples but you can't go wrong with a selection . Friendly Staff. Always Crowded but for a great reason. Clean Establishment. Overall a Must Visit :)