New Glarus Brewing Company

BEER AVG
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:
36
Ratings:
38,947
Reviews:
9,870
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
426
Reviews:
87
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
3.8%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of blue-dream
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of gmj225
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Beginner2
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Since I drink mostly from my lists (and I'm always the designated driver), I rarely go to bars and doubt I will review many Places. But this is my first Place review and it has a special place in my heart as New Glarus may well be my favorite brewery (as hard as that is to have a favorite over time.)

As you may know, New Glarus distributes only in Wisconsin... yet manages to produce enough beer to fall barely within the Top 20 craft brewers. Obviously a dedicated following, of which I confess to be in the flock.

I won't duplicate a lot of the other reviews who give this Place a "99" rating.
But I will say that being there for the first time in their facility on the Hill in August 2015, I felt like I was in Sonoma County (albeit, Wisconsin is greener.)
This place is a true celebration of beer. (And it certainly helped that it was a warm summer day that encouraged refreshment.)
The Sonoma-like experience got rounded out with more than the temporary providers of pizza ovens. Rather it was the whole integration of beer with food for me that got empowered to the next level when in the store I found a book that many of you know: Garret Oliver's "The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering The Pleasures of Real Beer With Food." Now 10 years old, the book still is full of great pairings and have broadly expanded my appreciation of beer's roots and how it is growing as a part of culinary culture. He is a great writer, too. (By the way, does BA review books anywhere on this site?)

New Glarus is more than a brewery with a great view overlooking a valley. Try its beers whenever you can. And Wisconsin is good territory for those carrying on the tradition set by Michael Jackson of beer-hunting. New Glarus also recently received a small entrepreneur award from President Obama. But, I will leave you with the best story of all.

In the previous century, I toured their original brewery when it was in the valley. (Not understanding anything about plumbing, I learned that brewery tours are not edifying for me.) But I will tell Deb Carey's story of how she always wanted to start a brewery, but knew that its downfall was often that someone else hired away the brewmaster. Her solution seems to have worked splendidly, she says: "First I hired a great brewmaster and, then, I married him!"
Now, isn't marriage a blessed institution ?

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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NickSMpls
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ragarazor
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TripleCanopy
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of XBeerBellyT
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Beautiful brewery, maybe one of the most beautiful in the world. Sits on top of a winding road and has quite the scenic views. Just pick a spot and you will be in awe as you enjoy their beers. Friendly folks around here as well, definitely make the trip.

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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 DMox
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This spot is an awesome destination by itself, and makes a worthwhile day drive to visit. On a nice day, the outdoor beer garden is like beer drinking heaven. This sprawling dog friendly spot is just about as awesome as it comes. Most people rave about the Spotted Cow, which rides a wave of Wisconsin only exclusivity that gives it an almost mystical allure. Chicagoans have a history of buying cases on their way back home. My favorite is the Staghorn Oktoberfest, as it's a tasty representation of that style. Hop-heads like the Moon Man IPA for its hoppy yet complex taste; it's absolutely not just hopped up and bitter for the sake of being hopped up and bitter.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love visiting New Glarus brewery. It's so beautiful and there is so much space. It's very easy to take the family there too.

When visiting for specialty releases, everything is run so well and Dan and Deb are so nice.

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Photo of guityler83
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

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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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dmbforever
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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

The best place to sample and buy New Glarus.You can sample anything they have on tap for free. Pints available as well. Amazing beer selection in their store. No real food available, but they have a nice beer garden to soak up some rays and enjoy the view. Self-guided brewery tour is ok, not great.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of d5001986
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Visited the brewery for the R&D Wild Peach release. The grounds and the structures are very classy and just amazing to behold. The staff and the owners themselves are very polite and friendly. I would have liked to take the tour, but it was just too busy that day. Other than that, the beer is excellent and always well supplied everywhere in WI. New Glarus Brewing is just superb all the way around and I will no doubt be paying another visit next year.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

What a place!!! I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit this monstrosity for my birthday, thanks to my girlfriend. I've never seen a brewery set up quite like this. It is set up in a town that is very reminiscent of a Swiss community, atop a lofty hill with a massive amount of acreage. As you walk the land you wind through a maze-like path, going down stone steps and can rest along the way in/on ruins of old churches and house. There is a gorgeous gathering area found in the immediate back with park tables and a vintage I-don't-know-what in the middle that you can rinse your glasses. The gift shop has a lot to offer, as well as, leads you to a self-guided tour of the brewery. It's really cool to see what is going on while the employees are at work and even being able to see the bottling/labeling section. The tasting room is parallel to the gift shop (well priced) and you even get to keep the glass after you have a beer!

I could go on and on, but will wrap it up with the beer depot located at the base of the brewery. Chock full of fresh beer and a helpful staff, you walk in to see pallet upon pallets of the fruit, WI goodness! I was impressed at how low they keep the prices considering breweries are usually a lot more expensive (at least at the ones I've gone to).

If you have a chance to visit, please do! My girlfriend, who is not fond of beer, loved this place and the Raspberry Tart. We are looking forward to many more trips here while visiting her family in WI. Keep up the great work Dan and Deb!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, WI
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