New Glarus Brewing Company
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 28,482
Beer Avg: 4.01
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4.18/5 rDev -10.3%
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
4.61/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I visited with my wife in July 2013, after good intentions for several years we finally made it. Located in southern Wisconsin's rolling hills, this is a beautiful beer stop. I found the views to be reminiscent of Andechs in Bavaria (high praise).
You can buy beers to go in the "beer depot", located next to the parking area. Open from 10:00-4:00 daily (same hours as the gift shop I believe). All beers are priced about the same as area stores, about $9.50 for 4-packs or bombers. Cases of Thumbprint series beers went for $55. This lowish price point highlights such a strength for New Glarus, an absolute value for the high quality and taste of their beers.
The gift shop is well stocked, plenty of different beer glass styles, bottle openers, shirts, signs, and other beer paraphernalia (soaps, games, etc). The tasting room is included in the gift shop, with 6 taps serving their standard beers + one special (currently Serendipity). You can get three 4oz samples or one 12oz beer for $6, and you keep the glass to take home. That's extreme value, especially for the 12oz pour as it's a beautiful glass.
The only seating is outside, and they are in the process of expanding it. It's a really nice courtyard, with new seating along a rocky path leading down the hill side. I saw a new tap-serving station on the slope as well, that should be nice when it's operational.
Only 2-3 hours from anywhere in Chicago, an oasis compared with urban breweries. So many craft breweries have an industrial feel when visited, but NG provides the counter-point. The only improvement I can imagine would be to add a modest (or not so modest) restaurant to compliment their excellent beers.
07-12-2013 14:18:30 | More by TurdFurgison
4.66/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This brewery is out in the middle of nowhere but that is actually nice. You drive up a winding road to the brewery and the outside is beautiful. Very pretty landscaping and beautiful old world kind of looking buildings. Nice gift shop and you can walk through the brewery on your own self guided tour which is nice. Also, the tour is free. Then you can go to the tasting room and it is extreemly reasonably priced!!! THey also have a nice bulk beer room where you can buy whatever they are currently brewing. Overall a very nice experience. I would highly recommend if you are in WI.
06-02-2013 00:21:29 | More by krl2112
4.23/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Definitely a very German brewery. The short drive off the main drag is nice with European-looking lamp posts. Currently they're doing some construction on the building (to expand) but it's still fully functional. The brewery allows self-guided tours where you get to see a few things. There's a 4-way pedestrian traffic jam between the tasting room, the gift shop, then entrance, and the door to the courtyard. There's some cool swag in the gift shop. Not a lot of selecting in the tasting room, but there's also a big room downstairs where you can buy a lot of off-season beers.
05-29-2013 01:09:49 | More by Fargrow
4.69/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Went on the Hard Hat Tour on 5-24
Comfortable, sunny day in the small Swiss-styled town of New Glarus. We showed up at the river-side old brewery for the begininng of the tour. This is where the specialty, thumbprint and fruit beers are usually brewed, as well as some of the regular offerings. It is generally a matter of keeping certain yeasts away from others. We were greeted by two NG employees who would lead us on the tour- it was our official guide's first time giving the tour, so another was along to supervise. We were guided through the brewing room, cellar and bottling lines, as well as a look at some of their oak tanks, which they are currently expanding their stock of.
Then we drove up to the Hill top brewery, the newer and larger facility. Normally we would get to meet Dan and Deb here, but they were out of town for the weekend. Had a brief look at the quality control lab. Then we went by the normal public areas, all nicely glassed-off, brew kettles, fermentation tanks, bottling line, open-top fermenters. Finally it was time for the beer and cheese. We went upstairs to the employee lounge. Beers sampled were Edel Pils, Snowshoe Red Ale, Berliner Weiss, Dancing Man Wheat, Coffee Stout and Raspberry Tart. They claimed that Dancing Man is the most authentic German hefeweizen made in the USA. Beers were bottled, it appeared that they may have once had tap lines in the room, but if you really want it on tap all you have to do is go downstairs to the sampling room. Cheeses, all made in Wisconsin, were baby swiss, aged cheddar, Limburger, Dunbarton blue, raspberry bellavitano, and petite frere.
It is, overall, an awesome place. The beer is amazing, and the great amount of care put in to and high quality of the beer is obvious. The selection in the beer depot includes all currently offered beers as well as those from the past few months. The prices are reasonable- six packs $8, thumbprint beers $10 for four or $15 for six, fruit beers $9 a 750, and 20th anniversary ale $7 a 500. The tap room is a different story, however, with usually only five(sometimes four) beers on tap. The focus of the brewery is not so much on people drinking a lot at the brewery, but that's really part of the atmosphere of the place. Their hours are 10-4, and no food is served.
I gave a rating for food because the cheese included in the tour was excellent. All of the beer was excellent, all very true to style. The tour lasted about two hours, included beer and cheese(more beer than our tour group could finish) and was $20 a person, so I would say it was a good value.
05-28-2013 18:00:42 | More by DubbelTrubbel
4.71/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hard hat tour - Awesome, highly recommend. We went as a family trip. Very personable employee gave the tour, beer and cheese at the end, including my favorite fruit beer - Belgian Red - we were told it was their last 5 bottles dedicated to the tour. You get to see everything and ask anything on the tour because they keep the groups small. We will be doing this again!
05-24-2013 16:27:54 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
4.66/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I can't go more than a few months without a visit to the brewery/town.
New Glarus is my everyday beer of choice. I drink, dabble, and am always looking for a great new beer, but I keep New Glarus beers in stock at all times.
If you love beer New Glarus is somewhere that you must visit/drink/enjoy.
Only in Wisconsin!!!!
05-10-2013 22:09:53 | More by Bowers-Brew
4.73/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
05-07-2013 17:58:41 | More by guityler83
3.9/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $
I visited the New Glarus Brewery on 9/28/12 and the brewery is on a hillside outside of the small town of New Glarus WI. It was a sunny 80 degree day and the place was packed with visitors. This was likely because of the unseasonably good weather and the Octoberfest celebration going on in town.
The selection of beers on this day was somewhat limited, the Staghorn Octoberfest, Fat Squirel, Rasberry Tart, Spotted Cow and Two Women.
There is an indoor tasting room but it was mainly empty. A wood stove pizza maker, La Fortuna was on site and was cooking pies. We tried one and it was enjoyed by all.
They have a decent size gift shop and the Brewery was built with an enclosed hallway so you could tour the brewery by your self, though one employee was around to answer any questions you may have. They have a seperate area to buy beer to go but I did not vehture in that shop.
A great experience and we will defintely return.
11-08-2012 00:43:35 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
4.69/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What an idyllic setting to enjoy some brews!
Drivining up from Chicago got a bit boring at times, but beautiful scenery helped.
Arriving at the brewery, I was reminded instantly of Ommegang.Remote location, European style building.
They are currently adding on 15,500 square feet of additional space to include a larger tasting room, and perhaps a restaurant.
I tried a Fat squirrel, Moon Man, and the Spotted Cow. My companions enjoyed a Raspberry Tart and the Black Top bock.
All beer truly stood out. Every one had a great balance and flavor profile the were extremely enjoyable.
I really respect their philosophy of not sacrificing their excellent quality to ensure the beer is up to their high standards.
Afterward my father purchased an entire mixed case of beer because he was so impressed.
I am looking forward to returning
10-25-2012 22:39:44 | More by czfreeman
New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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