New Glarus Brewing Company
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 28,044
Beer Avg: 4.01
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
There is not much about New Glarus's operation that is not impressive. You will be hard pressed to find a brewery more devoted to a pure product than them.
The atmosphere was relaxed and fun. There brewery looks like a farm house connected to a small victorian mansion on the outside, with a cool beer garden in the back with a fountain and pic nic tables. There was also cornhole available to play.
Service was excellent. Three tap locations around with a tap room, one outside, and one in the gift shop. Your free to walk around the brewery most days and take a self guided tour, but there is usually a guide around who is happy to tell you all about it if you ask.
Selection was about 9 of their beers on tap, including the raspberry tart and the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Others included Dancing man wheat, moon man, two women, spotted cow, and fat squirrel. Im sure some of these change with the seasons. There is also a beer depot below to purchase most their beers in bottles.
The quality of this place is outstanding. They have an amazing devotion to sanitation of their equipment. The place literally shines when you walk in, and the beer is excellent as well. Its not too hard on the wallet either. 6 bucks for your first pint, but you get a sweet glass with it to keep, refills after are only 3 bucks. Thats certainly a price that could keep me around all day for such great beer.
09-22-2011 04:36:38 | More by gordonbeersch
4.43/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I will start off by saying that New Glarus Brewery is a definite must stop if you are in the area.
I stopped at the brewery this past Friday and went on the Hard Hat Tour.This was my first visit to the brewery and it definately will not be my last. The tour guide, Dan, was from the lab but was more than knowledgable on all aspects of the brewery operations. He was open to all questions and was easy to undestand even if you had non brewing knowledge to begin with. The tour included both the original Riverside brewery and the newer Hilltop brewery location. The Riverside brewery is where the Unplugged/ Thumprint are brewed. The next Apple Ale release had just finished boiling and was going into the fermenter when I was there.
The Hilltop brewery is where the newest addition, gift shop and beer depot are located. The outside apperance is like something straight out of Germany/Switzerland. Upon entering the brewery it is like walking into a museum, but it is a fully functional brewery. The operations at this location are very clean and high tech. At the end of the tour, there was a beer and local cheese tasting which took place in a private upstairs lounge that overlooked the town of New Glarus.
This is by far the cleanest brewery I have ever visited. The depth of the cleanliness actually puts most other breweries to shame. This just shows the pride and dedication that all the employees have for their namesake. The new Thumprint Chocolate Abbey was just coming off the bottling line when I was there and was available for purchase. I picked up a few packs as well as some other goodies. The prices for the beer were not that much more than at most retail outlets. The clothing items were a little on the pricey side but they were all of high quality.
Overall I would highly recommend New Glarus to anyone and let them know it is well worth the drive.
09-19-2011 20:26:09 | More by sonoma01
4.45/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
After visiting half a dozen times, it's still a fun place to visit, whether you take a guided tour, grab a pint and relax outside with a view of New Glarus nestled in the rolling hills, or buy cases to stack in your car for home entertainment. Service here is helpful, though they obviously aren't beer geeks tending the tasting room in the gift shop. If you want to geek out, i'd advise you go into the brewery and ask questions, they are fully prepared to answer nerdy beer questions there.
Originally reviewed on: 2010-02-22
I've been to the riverside and hilltop breweries, and the new one was exciting to see. We actually went twice over the weekend, saturday when we got to town, then again on sunday to pick up some beer and take a self guided tour. Saturday is when the tourists flock, so if you're not big on crowds, Sunday is much more relaxed.
Case prices might be a little higher than Woodmans, as they don't want to undercut their distributors, but you can be sure you're getting fresh beer straight from the brewery. Downstairs is the beer depot, it has a spartan warehouse feel, with concrete floors and pallets stacked high. They had a good selection of 4 Unplugged series, available in singles, 4-packs, and cases.
The tasting room and gift shop upstairs is also nice, with rustic stone floors and a patio with a lovely view of New Glarus in the distance. They were pouring the R&D Golden, 9+ oz. for $3.50, and they were generous.
The tour was fun, and there was a "beer expert" on hand to field questions. I learned all their beers were pasteurized, and that Cranbic was indeed filtered after barrel aging :)
08-29-2011 02:42:57 | More by emerge077
3.61/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
New Glarus is located in a very cool looking building sitting on a hill over looking the town.
I was kind of expecting something different then what I got. You have pretty much free roam of the building. I believe they have guided tours at another location in town. Where I went they had a person walking around answering questions, but with as many people as there was I felt my time would be better spent waiting in line in the tap room than the brewery.
The gift shop had a nice selection of things that seemed reasonably priced.
The tap room I hoped for more from. They had a small bar with just 2 people working. They couldn't answer any questions about the beers I ordered and would refer me to their paper print out in hopes that would get me to leave them alone. Once well ordering 2 similar styles of brew I had to stop them to get them to come back and identify which was which. I was happy with the glasses you get to keep after your stay. I, also, wish they had more of their beers on tap.
Their beer depot was nice with all their beer available for purchase at discounted prices compared to local places offering New glarus beers and the option to mix and match.
08-29-2011 00:38:00 | More by BStalf21
4.18/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Ahh, the New Glarus Brewing Company. I have been here twice and would consider it a must stop.
The complex is up on a hill overlooking New Glarus. There are 2 shops, 1 for beer, and 1 for souvenirs. They carry every beer they make and sell it at it's freshest.
The other store doubles as a tap room and there is also another taproom. You can order a beer and take it anywhere in the brewery or sit in the nice biergarten out back. They also have an outdoor patio tap area but I haven't seen it open. They usually have about 6 beers on tap with most being 6 bucks plus a glass or the fruit beers and Golden Ale which are 9 with the glass. There are also samplers available. The only food here seems to be cheese and chips, there is also some soda.
The facility is wonderful. You can tour just about any part of the brewery by yourself, or get a tour on Fridays I think.
Overall just an awesome stop.
08-22-2011 10:39:48 | More by crossovert
New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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