“And it smells like your rotten black socks,” said his wife, Amber.
At the bar, Bob Sadterlee, a 70-year-old welding equipment salesman from Rockford, Ill., nodded philosophically about such reactions, which are fairly common in Baumgartner’s.
“Limburger is like a martini,” said Sadterlee, who loves the stinky cheese but treats himself only when he’s not meeting with clients.
“It takes time to acquire the taste.”
If You Go... MONROE, WIS.: Located about 46 miles (74 kilometers) from Madison, 109 miles (175 kilometers) from Milwaukee. CHALET CHEESE COOPERATIVE: N4858 County Highway N, Monroe. Does not offer tours, but there is a small store where cheese can be purchased. ALP AND DELL CHEESE STORE: 657 Second St., Monroe, http://www.alpanddellcheese.com or 608-328-3355. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Short tours with a look at the adjacent Emmi Roth Kase cheese plant are free on a walk-in basis. BAUMGARTNER'S CHEESE STORE AND TAVERN: 1023 16th Ave., Monroe, https://baumgartnercheese.com or 608-325-6157. NATIONAL HISTORIC CHEESEMAKING CENTER AND MUSEUM: 2108 Sixth Ave., Monroe. http://www.nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org/ or 608-325-4636. Adults, $5; under age 16, free when accompanied by adult. April 1-Oct. 31, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.