Béal Organic Cheese

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Béal Organic Cheese
Country of origin Ireland
Region County Kerry
Town Listowel
Source of milk Cows

Béal Organic Cheese is the first organic cheddar cheese in Ireland. The cheese won a silver medal at the World Cheese awards in 2009.[1]

Béal Organic Cheese is handmade from cow's milk. It originates from the Béal Lodge Dairy Farm, a small family-run dairy farm of Holstein cows on 56 acres located by the mouth of the River Shannon in Listowel, County Kerry in Ireland.

Kate Carmody began making cheese in 1987, after her mother presented her with a gift consisting of a cheese press and a book on making cheese. In 1997, she began the process of converting to organic production. She achieved full organic status in 2000, becoming the first organically produced Irish Cheddar cheese.[2][3]

There are three products in the Béal Organic Cheese range, although the availability of the cheese is subject to seasonal availability:[4]

  • Béal Mild Organic Irish Cheddar is made from pasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet.
  • Béal Handmade Mature Organic Cheddar is made from pasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet.
  • Béal Raw Milk Mature Organic Cheddar is made from raw unpasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet, and takes up to nine months to fully mature.


Béal Organic Cheese has won numerous national and international awards, including a silver medal at the 2009 World Cheese Awards for Béal Organic Cheddar Cheese Unpasteurised.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Guild of Fine Food | World Cheese Awards - 2009". Quesoelpalacio.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Beal Organic Cheese - Members - CAIS - The Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Association". Irishcheese.ie. Archived from the original on 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Beal Organic Cheese | Organic Cheese | Beale Lodge Organic Farm | Kate Carmody | Listowel Co Kerry". Goodfoodireland.ie. Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  4. ^ Glynn Anderson; John McLaughlin (August 2011). Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland: A Celebration. The Collins Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-84889-121-0. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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