New Glarus Brewing Company
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 24,942
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was visiting some friends in Madison, WI, and we made a day trip out of this place. It is just outside the town of New Glarus, WI, which is a Swiss-styled town. Therefore, the brewery is also styled in the same way, which makes it very impressive to the eye. They also have a ton of different classic Bavarian style beer steins in their merchandise shop, which makes for a great keepsake.
Their beer is fantastic, and well balanced. When I visited, they had a Sour Cherry ale as their seasonal, that was all around a great beer. I also tried a session ale that was refreshing, as a session should be, and a Brown Ale. The only beer I had that I wasn't a fan of was the Two Women Ale. It was a bit skunky, a la Heineken, Kokanee, and others of the same ilk. I know others love this style though, which really helps to make New Glarus a very well balanced brewery. We also had a 3 year old girl with us, and she loved the decor of the place, which was a bonus!
04-13-2014 21:40:03 | More by Charley_Wilson
4.73/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The best place to sample and buy New Glarus.You can sample anything they have on tap for free. Pints available as well. Amazing beer selection in their store. No real food available, but they have a nice beer garden to soak up some rays and enjoy the view. Self-guided brewery tour is ok, not great.
04-07-2014 23:57:26 | More by VStarWalt
5/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
One of my first brewery tours when I was 18 and went again when I was 20.
The tour is free and self-guided which is great if you want to learn everything about the process and equipment. Take your time and learn. There is a lot of pride here. Everyone is friendly and happy to work there.
Samples are $3.50 and you get to keep the glassware.
02-20-2014 15:30:41 | More by NewGlarusFan
5/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This brewery is nothing short of beautiful. They must have spent a fortune on the building, finishes and landscaping. Amazing! The beer garden looks like a view from a high-end winery in Sonoma, CA. Well worth the trip! We will return and visit other sites and breweries in the area during the summer months.
12-04-2013 11:50:59 | More by Kimber234
5/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Awesome, awesome place! The atmosphere, quality and prices are hard to beat. Friendly people and the self guided tour was mind-blowing. Even the drive up to the brewery was great. Winding roads with lots of trees made for quite an atmosphere. Simply amazing experience and I hope to return next time I'm in Wisconsin.
11-30-2013 10:44:08 | More by DemoniChris
4/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
They have a beautiful new hill top brewery. The tours are self-guided, so you can get a pint at the sampling room and then wonder around the brewery at your own pace. They have an awesome selection of glassware and tee shirts available. Also a beautiful new outdoor garden when can sit and drink beer and look over the Wisconsin country side.
10-21-2013 01:23:58 | More by arnold931
4.88/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
The brewery is awesome! Very quaint and the owner Deb is there practically all the time. You can take a tour by yourself, or get a hard hat tour. Either way you can walk around the brewery taking it all in. This place is expanding constantly. I can't believe this place only ships in the state. Business is booming! On certain days, usually on Saturdays, La Fortuna Pizza is there with za to purchase. The Za is awesome by the way! You get your beers, and your pizza and sit outside looking over the countryside. Awesome place to visit, drink beer, eat pizza, and buy beer as well. "Only in Wisconsin"
10-17-2013 02:48:25 | More by KellyScottMad
4.51/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | $
This is the first brewery I've ever been to, and it was PACKED. A buddy of mine and I did the walk-through, beer tasting, stopped at the gift shop, and loaded up the car with beer.
Being in the brewery itself was awesome. It smelled incredible in there! I honestly had no idea what I was looking at besides the bottling line, but I've never seen anything like it before so just being in a brewery I love was awesome enough(Wasn't the Hard Hat Tour).
We stopped at the gift shop and there's no shortage of New Glarus memorabilia. It's all reasonably priced, high quality, and unique. Really neat little store.
The tasting itself was the most disappointing part. The only beers they had available were ones that were available at virtually every gas station and grocery store in the area. Don't get me wrong, all the beers I had were great. I just expected to have more unique and special brews available to taste. They had Moon Man, Staghorn, Two-Women, Spotted Cow, Black Top, and Serendipity for tasting and I've had all them except Black Top (which was awesome).
Beer Depot came next. Another let-down as far as selection. Thumbprint series was absent, and the only fruit beer available was Serendipity. BUT, they had their 20th Anniversary Strong Ale there (which is great!) so I was incredibly happy to find that. The upside, though, was that all of the beer was damn fresh and really affordable.
Overall, a really neat place. The entire property was beautiful, the employees were extremely pleasant (like everyone seems to be in Wisconsin), and the beer was great. My only complaint is the lack of options to taste and purchase. Other than that, I can't wait to go back!
09-01-2013 19:43:04 | More by Sunn
3.7/5 rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My fiancee and I visited New Glarus on the way to Madison earlier this month. Most of my impressions match what others have said, but I will add a couple of things.
One, if you're going to take a tour, make sure it's a guided one. They only have guided tours on Fridays, and they're booked up a few months in advance, so you'll have to plan ahead. If you take the self-guided tour (which we did, since we visited on a Tuesday), you'll probably be pretty disappointed, since there aren't any additional materials--a brochure, a sheet of paper explaining what each part of the brewery is about, or whatever--elaborating on what you're looking at. We were basically able to figure out what was going on in each part of the brewery, but a tour guide would probably be able to give some additional context, backstory, etc. to make things a bit more interesting. We ended up just wandering around for about 20 minutes before heading back to the gift shop/tasting area. It was a little dull, to be honest. We also didn't get to see the old brewery, since that's only open (I think) to people on the guided tour.
Two, the selection at the tasting bar is not great, as other reviewers have mentioned. When we were there, they had Spotted Cow, Two Women, Totally Naked, Black Top, and Serendipity on tap. Now, I like all of these (except Totally Naked, which I haven't tried yet), but I kind of wish there had been both more and more interesting/intense beers on tap. Spotted Cow and Two Women (and probably Totally Naked, judging by the reviews) are fairly mild-tasting, good-but-inoffensive beers; more importantly, they seem to be cheap and ubiquitous throughout Wisconsin. If I'm going out of my way to visit a brewery rather than just buying their beer in a grocery store or at a bar, I want to try something unique, that I can't get elsewhere, and/or something sort of fancy that I wouldn't normally splurge on. The only one of the five on tap that satisfied those criteria was Serendipity, which is (1) unique, (2) available elsewhere, but (3) expensive enough ($9.25/bottle in the brewery's Beer Depot, $9 in Woodman's in Madison) that I most likely wouldn't have bought a whole bottle without tasting it first. I was also glad to sample Black Top before buying more, because I find that style (Black Ale) somewhat more interesting than the two lagers and the cream ale, but it wasn't one of the beers I was most excited about by any stretch. Anyway, your mileage may vary on this one. Maybe others will think I'm nitpicking. But if you're hoping to sample some of New Glarus's most "exotic," highest-rated beers--their other fruit beers, Dancing Man Wheat, Berliner Weiss, etc.--during your visit, you might feel a little let down.
I don't want to give the impression that you'll have a bad time visiting this brewery. I had a fine time, despite the "self-guided tour" (really not much of a tour at all in the absence of informational materials) and the small tap-list. The beer they did have was pretty good (and in the case of Serendipity, awesome); the building and surrounding countryside are very nice to look at; and the gift-shop is well-stocked, if a bit expensive (as all gift shops are). But you will definitely have a better time than we did if you take the guided tour, and if you temper your expectations re: the tasting taps.
08-24-2013 20:51:51 | More by chancy14
4.18/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm offering up a review after our sixth trip to New Glarus in the last 2.5 years. This particular pilgrimage was to pick up a personal allotment of wild sour ale, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry tart, berliner weisse, serendipity, and the 20th anniversary old ale (limit 2 per person). To see the brewery expansion over the last 3 years has been incredible, but at the same time the 'visit experience' is less personal w. each visit.
W. this last trip, we were a bit disappointed that of the beers that we were there for especially, only serendipity was available on draft for tasting. The gift shop & tasting room were both flocked w. tourists which made our time in both areas - cut very short. The adjacent grounds keep expanding as well, so were able to find a somewhat 'quiet' spot to look out over the WI countryside.
The beer depot is well stocked and organized. The beer itself - just amazing. Deb & Dan have done an amazing job - and I'm super excited about the expansion of their sours.
It's a great brewery, impressive grounds. I just wish that it wasn't such a WI tourist destination for non-BAs.
07-31-2013 11:33:56 | More by craft_shannie
New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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