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4.02/5
New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

2400 Hwy 69
New Glarus, Wisconsin, 53574
United States

(608) 527-5850 | map
newglarusbrewing.com

Notes:
Gift Shop/Tasting Room
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free Self Guided Tours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hard Hat Tour - Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
35
Reviews:
9,566
Ratings:
36,877
PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
416
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
3.8%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 416
Reviews by mobius387:
Photo of mobius387
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

First time at the brewery for the sour Ale release. This place is just a gorgeous brewery, inside and out. Great atmosphere, very clean inside. Great gift shop with lots of cool brewery related and Wisconsin related items. Went on a self guided tour, but they do have guided tours too. Great outdoor space for drinking the beer. The only criticism is that they only had their regular stuff on tap, not that those beers aren't great just don't expect anything special.

Overall, loved the brewery and the city is very cool too.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The New Glarus brewery is a stunning facility, from the gorgeous copper brew kettles to the sparkling clean tasting room. It looks like there are usually about six beers on tap with A couple often devoted to their specialty brews. The outdoor beer garden is lovely. The self-guided tour, while a bit limited, still offers a nice look at their amazing facility. Great beer and an excellent bottle shop. The gift shop is a touch over the top.

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Photo of Ivan52
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

There's really something for everybody here. Very open concept scenic atmospher with plenty of options to suit your style. Kid friendly. Dog friendly. Very friendly staff.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of K4550
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Last year I took the road trip by myself and this year I brought a friend along for the ride. We live near Philly and the drive is 15+ hours but every single second is worth it. New Glarus is one of the most beautiful breweries (and one of the most beautiful places) in the United states. The biergarten is gorgeous and has sweeping views of the Wisconsin countryside to go with a cold pour of whatever is on tap. The beer selection that is on at any given time is small considering their huge portfolio of offerings but the gift shop and beer depot always have plenty of other goodies for take out. The vibe is friendly and the staff is very knowledgeable about their brand and the brews that they hand out. A neat little plus is that after you buy beer for on-site consumption, you are allowed to keep the glass that it came in. I would definitely encourage everyone to take the trip in whatever way they can. Totally worth it.

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of maxcoinage
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

As many have stated, the layout and beer garden area is fantastic. Perfect place to enjoy a couple locally crafted beers. However, the selection is weak. Any bar or gas station in Wisconsin sells the same exact beers, in fact the bars in town in New Glarus have more NG beers on tap then them. No food is available other than snacks from the gift shop. The beer mustard from the shop is excellent! It was definitely cool to check out, but not sure if I'll be back anytime soon. If I lived in the near vicinity, eg Madison, this would be cool to check out once a month or so, but it's not worth a 2 hour trip, esp when they close at 5pm.

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Photo of Knobs303
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dinkel
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Thoroughly enjoyed my brief stop into the brewery while on a recent road trip and realized that Id be within an hour of New Glarus. The facility grounds had great views and a lot of outdoor seating for enjoying samples from the tasting room. The beer depot and gift shop both had great selections. Unfortunately, I did not have time to take a brewery tour. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of jpbolton
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MikeyDD
3.61/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 1

I need to preface this by saying I love NGB and their beer. ..that said visiting the brewery is a mixed bag. The positives: NG beer, fresh; prompt, friendly, knowledgeable service; drop dead gorgeous setting, on a hillside overlooking rolling green hills of S central WI (others comparisons to a winery feel are apt).

The negatives: very limited selection -nothing you cannot find at virtually any liquor or grocery store in WI (was hoping for some limited releases our one-offs); you have to buy a glass with your first beer ($8, and refills are $5.50).

So while it is great to visit and see, it's not a great place to just grab a beer and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I'd love to be able to drop in for a fresh pint without being forced to purchase another pilsner glass. That said, if you're from out of town, or just want to see it, go. Definitely. I just feel repeat visits aren't necessary.

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Photo of Penguins66
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

It's remote. The brewery sits on a hill overlooking the tiny town of the same name. It has a large outdoor seating area with views that rival most wineries we've visited. On the downside, there isn't much shade so bring your sunscreen. Most if not all of the tables can accommodate umbrellas, not sure why they don't have them.

It's touristy but not cheesy. If you visit on a Saturday during the summer like we did, come soon after they open to beat the crowds. The self-guided tour isn't much of a tour. You basically make a big loop down one hallway and up another. Equipment is labeled--sort of--but it would be nice to have some plaques or signs describing what you're seeing. The gift shop has some interesting swag but nothing you haven't seen a dozen times before.

On the day we visited, they were not serving any food. All beers were being dispensed from a small counter out on the patio. (They do have an indoor tasting room but it was closed.) A line quickly formed by the counter but thankfully they opened another counter on the opposite side of the patio. You have to purchase drink tickets and I have to say, $8/pint seemed a little steep given that all they had on tap were staples that, as others have indicated, you can purchase at pretty much any liquor/grocery/convenience store in Wisconsin. Sure, you get to keep your glass, and refills are $5.50 (except for the fruit beers) but still.

That being said, we mainly came for the scenery and the ambiance, and on that New Glarus excels. Their beer is pretty good too.

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Photo of saperez59
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of fredmugs
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

The outdoor facility is second to none. Great Wiews of rolling hills in farmland Wisconsin fro a high bluff. We're inviting seats with a variety of table and chairs as well as stone benches. Out door beer serving area as well. The quality of beer is outstanding. The fruit beer is world class. I think they only had 6 different beers on tap, and lacked a stout. I went during the recent R&D promotion that was run perfectly. Very friendly people, but not all are knowledgeable. This is one you must visit once!

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of pkeating59
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of eifster82
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

This has to be one of the coolest looking breweries I've ever been to. I wasn't sure if I was visiting a medieval castle sitting on top of a hill overlooking the valley, or if I was at the brewery. The actual building structure and lay out is just breathtaking and I would recommend this to anyone to check out that's in the area. The vibe was very touristy. Lots of visitors that I got the sense were more interested in the place itself as opposed to beer that it had to offer, which unfortunately wasn't as large as I had hoped. Only 5-6 beers were being offered. The service was nice and quick which made up for some of the shortcomings regarding beer selection. I'm also a bit surprised that such a nice place wouldn't serve food. But again, as a structure itself and the setting ... just beautiful.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Honestly I am not a huge fan of New Glarus beers. Not that they are bad. I just see people in Illinois clamoring over Spotted Cow and I just don't get it. Moon Man is a solid IPA. That being said, the brewery is very nice. Worth a visit just to sit in the beer garden, which is on a hill and kind of overlooks the town. Very enjoyable. However, not a huge selection of beers to choose from.

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Photo of CKlinchock
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This new location that New Glarus has, is one of the best out there that I've had the pleasure of visiting thus far. My Girlfriend and I were spoiled and got a beautiful sunny day of the day of the Kentucky Derby. The vibe was awesome, the beer garden was busy to say the least. Derby fans all dressed in their finest, cyclists rode up on their bikes and were roaming around. Young, Old, Far and wide, this place attracts unlike any other.

Quality of the beer was very good and fresh as well as the location, brand new as good as it gets.

Service and Selection is where I ding this brewery a bit. The front desk and shop employees were fantastic, but each of the beer station employees were very cold, brash and downright unfriendly. Maybe they were busy or unprepared for how hot it was out, but that was the only diminishing part of our experience with the staff at New Glarus otherwise the rest of the staff were great. Down in the beer cellar after our tastings the young men down there were fantastically knowledgeable of their beer and very pleasant and helpful.

The selection of the beers on tap for tastings were as most have pointed out their mainline beers and not their signature or "thumb prints" as New Glarus calls them. If they added a few more on their tasting rotation that I think that would help them immensely. Their beer in the cellar is pricey especially as their Thumb Prints, it would have been helpful to have tried them upstairs.

Regardless, this new New Glarus Brewery is remarkable, it is hands down top 3 favorite breweries that I've had the pleasure of visiting and I will be going back.

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New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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