New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev -5.1%
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
4.61/5 rDev -1.7%
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
4.18/5 rDev -10.9%
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
4.45/5 rDev -5.1%
Well if you happen to be anywhere near here and know anything about good beer. You absolutely must stop here and take a tour or just walk around and soak up the scene.
The new hilltop brewery is a sight to behold. It's like the most beautiful beer church you've ever laid your eyes on. The place is a masterpiece of stone and mortar. From the gift shop to the downstairs brew barn. The inside of the actual brewery is like walking into a full on science lab. Spotless with everything in it's place. The copper brew kettles shine so bright you check your appearance in the reflection. The outdoor drinking area is spectacular on warm sunny days. Sipping on a pint of while taking in the rolling hills of central Wisconsin is simply heavenly.
I've been to the brewery more times than I can remember and I still get excited every time I go back.
04-05-2012 02:27:01 | More by beerwolf77
4.28/5 rDev -8.7%
Visited August 31st (Hard Hat Tour), 1:00 - 4:00 pm-ish
I've tried a number of New Glarus beers over the last 5-6 years, thanks to traders and friends in the area - but never at the source. I learned about a business trip I'd be taking to Iowa around Labor Day weekend all the way back in June; wheels turning in my head, I decided to extend the trip to Wisconsin and Illinois to see family and friends. Even in mid-June, the August 31st tour was booked solid (the 'Hard Hat' tour is only offered once weekly -Friday afternoons- and limited to 15 people). Oh well, I'd still visit and go on the free self-guided tour... until, that is, a phone call on Wednesday 8/29, just as I was leaving Des Moines, informed me that *one* person had cancelled and that I could have their spot (I'd asked to be put on a waiting list in June, even though I was told 'nobody ever cancels'!). Hell, yeah!
I showed up at the Riverside ('old') brewery a few minutes before 1:00pm and was greeted by brewer Stephen and Alyssa... after a short snafu over my reservation and some impatient waiting for a late-arriving group of six we started the tour. I've been on a couple dozen brewery tours over the years; this was among the largest and most impressive. Even though I feel knowledgeable about beer and the brewing process, it was fascinating to learn about how New Glarus does it and about their growth/expansion (no plans to expand beyond the Wisconsin borders, even though it appears they could quite easily). We thoroughly toured both the Riverside and newer Hilltop facilities, including brewing tanks, packaging lines and R & D labs. The tour concluded with a 30-minute tasting of several beers (bottles) and six heaps of tasty local cheeses. We also learned a little of the Swiss heritage of the neighboring/namesake village and why the building had to designed in the 'chalet' style to keep with the aesthetic and of a scale to not be an eyesore nearby housing developments. For $20+tax, I was very satisfied with the tour; my only disappointment is that Deb & Dan Carey (who usually greet the tour) were away for the Labor Day weekend. I'd have liked to have met them and shaken hands.
Afterward, I had just a few minutes to stroll the grounds and shop at the bottle shop. Didn't have room for much, so I bought a 4-pack of the seasonal Thumbprint Saison and a 750ml of Raspberry Tart. Prices are about the same here as they'd retail for elsewhere. Of note, there's some ongoing expansion of the gift shop/bottle store and also of the 'Sensory labs', so expect some construction fencing and minimal disruption in the next year or so.
All in all, a very good experience - one I'd recommend.
For the record, what we tasted:
* Beer: Totally Naked, HomeTown Blonde, Laughing Fox, Thumbprint Saison, Staghorn Oktoberfest and Raspberry Tart.
* Cheese: Aged Cheddar (Voegeli Farms), Petite Frere (Crave Brothers), Limburger (Chalet Cheese Co-Op), Raspberry Bellavitano (Sartori Foods), Baby Swiss (Alp & Dell) and Dunbarton Bleu (Roelli Cheese)
09-12-2012 15:51:19 | More by msubulldog25
4.86/5 rDev +3.6%
A great place to go and see for a tour. The tour is self-guided so you can go at your own pace. The bier garden is nice, and during the summer this is a great spot. The staff is very friendly and willing to help and answer any questions they can. Oh yeah, the beer is pretty darn good too. If you're in WI, it's worth checking out.
05-18-2014 17:59:01 | More by TX-Badger
New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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