The Widmer family started making cheese in 1905. In 1922, Joe Widmer’s grandfather purchased the site of today’s home to Widmer cheese in Theresa WI. Back then there were about 130 cheesemakers in the county. Now there are about 130 in the whole state. The American original Brick cheese was started here to please the local German farmers and the original bricks are still used today in the authentic method. A washed rind cheese and aged, the authentic Colby is also made here by Joe Widmer, also a Master Cheesemaker. The 10 year old cheddar is just about to be released to the rest of the United States.