New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.01/5
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34 Beers
35,313 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 318
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

2400 Hwy 69
New Glarus, Wisconsin, 53574
United States
phone: (608) 527-5850

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Gift Shop
Monday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free Self Guided Tours
Monday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hard Hat Tour - Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by guityler83:
Photo of guityler83
4.73/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

After signing the list for the Hard Hat tour a few months prior, I was reminded that my ticket date was coming up the Monday before.. best way I can think of to get you through a work week.

The tour started out at the old brew house on the bottom of the hill with a small group (20 if I recall). The guide was a brewer in this facility, which he explained the ins and outs of answered any and all questions ranging from "what are hops" to what mash efficiency are you pulling from these copper mash and lauter tuns.

After we were finished in the old facility (every nook and crany) we went to the behemoth brewery up the road, which is the cleanest place I've been in that makes beer. Deb Carry greeted us (the owner!) and fielded a few questions, then we toured the big plant.
The final stage was the beer tasting and cheese pairing the the upstairs dining room. Anything from spotted cow to moon man to three different sours where available along with exotic WI cheeses.

We did get rushed through the last part 'slighly' to go through the gift shop/cellar but overall it was a brewery tour I'd recommend to anyone... beer drinker or not. Awesome.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jdsok
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A stunningly beautiful beer brewery.

Photo of Vondy08
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

By far the best brewery tasting atmosphere I've ever been to. I've seen the Portland scene, the Rome scene, the New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville scene. Seriously, go here.

Photo of ALC82
4.57/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great place to visit! Return trip soon!

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.53/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

One of the most bucolic breweries in Wisconsin. Beer selection is surprisingly limited in terms of what's on tap. The beer that they do have is perfectly poured and fresh. Gift shop has everything else you're looking for! Staff is super friendly and the tour is impressive with regards to the scale of the facility. Prost!

Photo of BillRoth
4.68/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Maybe the best brewery I've visited. The enormous campus of Swiss chalet style buildings and the beautifully laid out brick bier fatten is just perfect.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
The tasting process that involved a tasting bracelets and "keep the glass" was great.
Giving you a coupon for a free beer at local restaurants was a superb way to add value for those tasting at NG and support local businesses.
Gift shop was equally good with a very wide selection of goodies at very reasonable prices.
It never felt contrived, but it was as well conceptualized and rolled out as any experience I've had.
Absolutely required visit.

Photo of insp_gadget61
4.49/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dancing Man Wheat should be rated 120

Photo of atone315
4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Seeing as though it is only 2 or so hours from my house, I have visited New Glarus' brewery a few times. 2-26-14 was a completely different visit though.I went with a group of 4 other friends on their Hard Hat Tour. This tour is held once a week, on Fridays, at 1pm. It's apparently pretty popular too, as we had to buy tickets 6 months in advance.

So, the tour starts at NG's old Riverside Brewery where they now brew the specialty beers and fruit beers. Also at this facility is where the Wild Fruit Cave is located. This is where they keep all the barrel aged goodness and their coolship. So.freaking.dope.

After exploring the Riverside Brewery, our tour moved on to the main brewery, Hilltop. As you approach on Hwy 69, you see a Willy Wonka looking set of buildings built to look like a small Swiss village which goes along with the town of New Glarus so well you would think the Careys built the whole town.

This brewery is impressive!!! It's similar to MillerCoors in Milwaukee, not in size, but in cleanliness and organization. I'm a hobbyist photographer and I literally could have taken thousands of photographs. Everything in this place is amazing, even the plumbing and piping!!!

During the tour we were visited by both Dan and Deb Carey, the owners. They were extremely cordial and it seemed like they could talk to us forever. You can definitely tell what makes this brewery so successful, as these 2 are the backbone of the place and it showed during our visit.

Overall, this place is simply amazing! I would recommend to anyone that is thinking of visiting to do the Hard Hat Tour, it was the best beer experience I have ever had!!!

Photo of Redfoxrun
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Nothing too crazy. family friendly and plenty of room. They let you wonder around on your own and see the place. Was there in 2013.

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.93/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

The location and scenery around this brewery was great. Very quaint and charming. The taproom was slightly disappointing though. They didn't have any special beers on tap (couldn't even find Scream on tap the day I went), and they don't have food. Extremely reasonably priced though.

Photo of Studs1991
4.23/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Very nice looking brewery. New Glarus would be much more fun to visit in the summer time to fully appreciate the patio area. I also wish they had a better selection of beers on tap, as well as a brewpub.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.75/5  rDev -20%

This facility is amazing, just as most of their beers are too. What would drastically improve the experience here though is a wider selection of their beers on tap and a nice taproom to drink them in.

Photo of pagriley
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Super cool place to go and hang out and have a few beers. Really interesting self wandering 'tour' (no real information but you can just wander around and check everything out). I do wish it had food available in some more substantial form so I could make an afternoon of it! Without some kind of dining it is a bit of a brief stop

Photo of ElGordito
5/5  rDev +6.6%

One of the most awe inspiring breweries I have visited. The view while drinking beer outside is just beautiful.

Photo of Drawhorn
5/5  rDev +6.6%

The hard hat tour is awesome and the beer garden is beautiful. Great company and great beer.

Photo of Timbo5555
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Unbelievably beautiful setting must visit even if you don't drink. Excellent beers and great people working there, wonderful success story

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

What a place!!! I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit this monstrosity for my birthday, thanks to my girlfriend. I've never seen a brewery set up quite like this. It is set up in a town that is very reminiscent of a Swiss community, atop a lofty hill with a massive amount of acreage. As you walk the land you wind through a maze-like path, going down stone steps and can rest along the way in/on ruins of old churches and house. There is a gorgeous gathering area found in the immediate back with park tables and a vintage I-don't-know-what in the middle that you can rinse your glasses. The gift shop has a lot to offer, as well as, leads you to a self-guided tour of the brewery. It's really cool to see what is going on while the employees are at work and even being able to see the bottling/labeling section. The tasting room is parallel to the gift shop (well priced) and you even get to keep the glass after you have a beer!

I could go on and on, but will wrap it up with the beer depot located at the base of the brewery. Chock full of fresh beer and a helpful staff, you walk in to see pallet upon pallets of the fruit, WI goodness! I was impressed at how low they keep the prices considering breweries are usually a lot more expensive (at least at the ones I've gone to).

If you have a chance to visit, please do! My girlfriend, who is not fond of beer, loved this place and the Raspberry Tart. We are looking forward to many more trips here while visiting her family in WI. Keep up the great work Dan and Deb!

Photo of Reinbeck11
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Good beer.
Casual courtyard to take a sip.
Nice shop to load up on the brews.

Photo of higherbrow
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

The standard lines and seasonal craft beers coming from New Glarus are, top to bottom, excellent. If you are a fan of a style of beer, and you see that style coming with this brewery stamped on the side, you can be sure you're getting, at worst, an above average example of the style. With a very reasonable price tag, the standard offerings are worth making a drive to acquire. The real magic is in the Thumbprint series, however. Unique brews all around, I have been put off by a Thumbprint now and then, but the Imperial Weizen was one of the best beers I have ever had. I'd highly recommend New Glarus to any beer drinker.

Photo of ksbuell
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Amazingly beautiful grounds. The atmosphere is equally amazing. Great and friendly service. Top notch beer!

Photo of Chief_Mug
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Awesome would be a description of New Glarus Brewery. When you pull into the parking lot you think you just traveled back to Europe. The tours are either self directed or guided if you go at the right time. All the employees are very friendly and knowledgeable. The Beer is Outstanding not matter which flavor you pick. My Favorite is their Moon Man - No Coast Pale Ale.

Photo of d5001986
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Visited the brewery for the R&D Wild Peach release. The grounds and the structures are very classy and just amazing to behold. The staff and the owners themselves are very polite and friendly. I would have liked to take the tour, but it was just too busy that day. Other than that, the beer is excellent and always well supplied everywhere in WI. New Glarus Brewing is just superb all the way around and I will no doubt be paying another visit next year.

Photo of justinrphillips
5/5  rDev +6.6%

I am happy to live in the Madison area and have New Glarus so close. I can say Spotted Cow was a "gateway" beer for me to try many new things and expand my taste into much more sophisticated beers, so always love the things coming out of New Glarus and look forward to more amazing beers such as Scream and others!

Photo of madstoutmonkee
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a nice laid back take on the brew tour. They produce heaps of high quality and delicious beer. Wish I lived closer!

Photo of stouts4me
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Yeah, their brewery is def a 100, what an amazing destination. Mind-blowing how big it is. I have not been a huge fan of their beers, but I do have a few favorites, and the Rasp and Red fruit beers are top-notch. The thumbprint series is usually pretty epic, too.

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New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
100 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.