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Owner Tony Zgraggen at the Alp and Dell artisanal cheese store in Monroe, Wis. The store is one of the few places in the area where Limburger cheese, famous for its smell, can be bought.

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A sign above the bar in Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe, Wis., warns diners about the famed "stinky cheese."

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The Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe, Wis., bills itself as "America's only Limburger cheese plant."

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Master cheesemaker Myron Olson cuts a piece of ripened Limburger at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis.

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Cheesemaker Brian Engesser smears bricks of Limburger cheese with a 100-year-old bacteria that makes the cheese mature, and produces the famed smell at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative.

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A diner at Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe, Wis., enjoys a Limburger cheese sandwich.

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Master cheesemaker Myron Olson at the Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis.

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Packets of Limburger cheese at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis. The southern Wisconsin plant is the only place in the United States where the famed "stinky cheese" is still produced.

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Monroe is a tranquil town of 10,000 nestled in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin, where pale brown cows gaze soulfully from fields and silos dot the landscape. Settled by Swiss and German immigrants, it boasts a brewery, a cheesemaking museum and a historic town square dominated by a 1891 Romanesque-style courthouse with a clock tower and bell that chimes on the hour. This charming place is also home to the stinkiest cheese in the world.
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    • Owner Tony Zgraggen at the Alp and Dell artisanal cheese store in Monroe, Wis. The store is one of the few places in the area where Limburger cheese, famous for its smell, can be bought.
    •  A sign above the bar in Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe, Wis., warns diners about the famed “stinky cheese.”
    •  The Chalet Cheese Co-op in Monroe, Wis., bills itself as “America’s only Limburger cheese plant.”
    •  Master cheesemaker Myron Olson cuts a piece of ripened Limburger at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis.
    •  Cheesemaker Brian Engesser smears bricks of Limburger cheese with a 100-year-old bacteria that makes the cheese mature, and produces the famed smell at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative.
    •  A diner at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe, Wis., enjoys a Limburger cheese sandwich.
    •  Master cheesemaker Myron Olson at the Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis.
    •  Packets of Limburger cheese at The Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wis. The southern Wisconsin plant is the only place in the United States where the famed “stinky cheese” is still produced.
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