New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -23.2%
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
3.7/5 rDev -21.3%
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
3.9/5 rDev -17%
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
New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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