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Woolly Rind Obatzda with Howard’s Pretzels

Fall isn’t just pumpkins and leaves… it’s also beer and pretzels! Behold the perfect spread for your Oktoberfest celebrations. Obatzda is a traditional Bavarian cheese spread made with butter and Camembert. Our version is all about high quality ingredients using cultured butter, our bloomy-rind cheese Woolly Rind, sweet paprika, beer and chives.

We can’t take credit for these beautiful pretzels though. Our friend Chef Craig Howard of Howard’s Farm and Kitchen made these Laugenbrezels – a traditional Bavarian style pretzel that’s dipped in a lye bath giving it its characteristic color and taste. Lucky for you, he just started selling them along with his microgreens, eggs and fresh-cut flowers! Visit to place a pre-order.

You can find our cheese and other local products at our shop in Weston or online to ship to friends and family.

Ingredients (party size):

  • 8 ounces salted cultured butter, room temperature
  • two wheels of Woolly Rind, cubed, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 cup beer*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, reserve some for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


Add all ingredients except the chives to a bowl and mix by hand until well combined. It’s okay to have chunks of cheese. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Once you’re ready to serve, allow to come to room temperature again and mix in chives. Serve with pretzels!

* Note: German beer such as a Dunkel is traditional. We used East Forty Brewing’s Big Head Red – a rye ale. We thought it was fun to include a hint of rye as some versions of obatzda use ground caraway seed.

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