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Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet Inc, DeForest

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
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4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • The only place better than this was a cheese festival in France with 1200 kinds of cheese This lace had loads of parking for our travel trailer. And a zillion kinds of great cheese and stuff to go wit...  read more »
  • It's no secret we love cheese. Simple many of their blues and came home with a pound of butter milk cheese and whiskey blue cheese. Smaller shop, not so much the tourist trap. Most helpful and happy p...  read more »
  • We have travelled this way for forty years and get our supply of cheese. We enjoy the cheese curds as we travel. The store is convenient and the quality is always excellent. 
  • 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 :)
  • We stopped at Ehlenbach's originally just to take some pictures of the giant cow statue out front. Boy, are we glad we went inside. They have a huge selection of cheeses and meats to choose from. The mild beef sticks were incredible, and so were the marble cheese curds. Highly recommended.
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