New Glarus Brewing | New Glarus, Wisconsin
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New Glarus Brewing
Excellent based on 98 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

2400 state Hwy 69
New Glarus, Wisconsin United States 53574 [ print map ]
608 527 5850

Hours: Monday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mayor: ARH (5) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 12

New Glarus Brewing

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Beer Available At New Glarus Brewing (arranged by most recent)
New Glarus R & D Wild Bitter 89, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Enigma 99, New Glarus Yokel 63, New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red 100, New Glarus Hopster 98, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Scream IIPA 99, New Glarus R & D Vintage 2014 , New Glarus Thumbprint Series Oud Bruin 91, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Berliner Weiss 99, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Spiced Ale 95, New Glarus R & D Wild Peach 100, New Glarus Thumbprint Series Cran-bic Ale 99, New Glarus Spotted Cow 45, New Glarus Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale 89, New Glarus Two Women Lager (2011-) 72, New Glarus Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale 97, New Glarus Serendipity 100, New Glarus R & D Sour Fruit - Wild Blackberry 100, New Glarus R & D Gueuze 98, New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek 99
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98 reviews for New Glarus Brewing
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  78%
 Selection  71%
 Food  74%
 Value  75%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1505) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 28, 2013
Visited twice now, once in 2011 and once on the way to GTMW this year (August 9, 2013).

This place is really cool, even if you donít like their beer. They have somewhat of a castle on top of a hill. They finally paved the road that leads up to it but itís still kind of remote and rustic. Inside is both a humungous brewery (they actually just added a whole other building for more fermenters) that you can take a self guided tour of and a gift shop. They have at least a dozen different types of glasses for sale, if youíre into collecting glassware. Outside theyíve done some work and have built some ruins down the side of the hill. They have a bar too of course. You have to buy the glass the first time for an extra dollar. Fills are kind of expensive, as is the merchandise, but I guess I canít complain about being able to get pints of Serendipity on tap. Below the building is a bottle shop. You can buy individual bottles or you can buy cases (they have case discounts). They also have a truck come out that does brick oven pizzas. Really cool place to hang out but know that they respect their distributors and mark the beer up more at the brewery. Go to the gas station down the street if you want to buy the beer cheaper.
3fourths  (1444) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008
We visited at around noon on a weekday, a few days after Christmas, and found the place busy but not overcrowded, which made for a nice visit and a lot of photo ops. Itís a medium sized building but with a small tasting room that is more of a gift shop. Theyíll sell you 750s of Belgian Red and Raspberry tart for $8.75, when just down the street at Royís Market they can be found for $7.50 each, or by the case for only $84 (!!). Similarly, Royís Market had all of the singles available at New Glarus plus a couple that werenít, so, while this is an excellent destination, a place that any true beer hunter should visit at least once, they do inflate the prices a bit in the gift shop, which is understandable. The walking tour is short but at least a little interesting, and theyíll pour bottle samples for a small fee with a free tasting glass throwin in (no taps, bummer). The host was probably the least informed about their own beer of anyone Iíve ever met at a brewery, even whiffing on the softest softball questions I could throw at her. Iím standing in New Glarus Brewing Company asking what style a beer is and all I get for an answer is an ale? Seriously I felt bad for the lady, because she had no clue. Must have been a bad day to visit. I sound like Iím complaining but I honestly had a fun visit. See pics here:
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (796) Columbus, Ohio | October 5, 2014
(Visited 08/2014): New Glarus is located in beautiful farm country outside of Madison. Parking is available in multiple areas.

The brewery is gigantic and is laid out like a famstead, and and offers both guided and self-guided tours. There is a gift shop and bottle shop, as well as a beer garden which offers a gorgeous view of the surrounding area.

The beer selection in the beer garden included 9 selections, with some more common options as well as Strawberry Rhubarb, There And Back, Belgian Red and Moon Man. There is a token-based system for ordering the beers, and the ones I tried were excellent.

Service at the beer tents and in the stores was good. The bottle shop has all the year-round brews plus seasonals and Thumbprint choices.

New Glarus does not serve food.

All in all this place lived up to and in some ways surpassed my expectations, and I would love to go back again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (792) Phoenix, Arizona | July 7, 2013
Visited around the noon hour on the day before July 4th. I love what the companyís going for in this quasi- "mountain"-side Swiss-German chalet. The self-guided tour highlights an amazingly clean, modern and ship-shape brewing operation. The tasting room itself wasnít open this day, but they were offering tasters out of the gift shop, which was fine by me. Great value in their sampler options with a glass thrown in, but they only had about 6 of their beers. Nice outside patio (a work in progress) with a nice view of the hilly Wisconsin countryside. They sell a few chessy snacks, or you can bring your own. Nice place. (Brewery #607)
rosenbergh  (590) Tampere, Finland | October 2, 2013
Itís a bit strange place. Itís like a movie set without any originality. Samples only by threes. No Raspberry Tart available which I came here for. I was disappointed. The village of New Glarus was more interesting than the brewery... unfortunately.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (573) Free Union, Virginia | August 14, 2011
This is my favorite brewery, but Iíll do my best to rate it fairly. Huge place. It was PACKED but this was the Sunday following GTMW so there were a lot of people coming here on the way out of town. It was wonderful wandering the brewery while sipping a pint of beer. Beer to go downstairs. Gift shop, tasting room and access to the brewery upstairs. Lots of cool stuff in the gift shop including a wide variety of German made steins that were way out of my budget unfortunately. Lots of shirst, glassware, other swag. Everyone was very friendly despite the crowds. Beautiful outside beer garden and grassy areas. Plenty of parking. I loved it.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (525) Plymouth, Minnesota | September 5, 2011
Cool spot - gift shop/brewery site has a European feel, very nice. Brewery is large - they said they are doing about 95,000 barrels/year now. Very clean also. Self guided tours. Large gift shop with steins, glassware, clothing, etc. Sampling is 3 for $3.50, plus you keep the tasting glass. You can buy singles to-go of many of their beers as well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (454) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 23, 2010
Made the pilgrimage to the new hilltop brewery on the way home from a weekend in Madison. The facility is very large, state-of-the-art, and inviting. It almost seems too new, though, and lacks a bit of character in that way. The exterior is designed to go along with the whole Swiss theme of the town, but as one of the people who went with me said, it seems a little Disney-fied. That said, the inside is impressive. We did a self-guided tour (doesnít seem like theyíre giving tours at this point) and saw that this is a world-class facility. Beautiful and clean. The staff was all super friendly. We got a draft sampling of 3 tastes for $3.50, and man does the Belgian Red taste great on tap. The gift shop is very nice, and there is a bottle shop downstairs for any available NG beers. I dropped quite a bit of cash in there in order to stock up, and the prices are a bit high. Iíve seen a few of the same beers around WI for the same or cheaper, so Iím surprised they didnít take a cut from retail to reward making the visit and buying there.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
notalush  (382) Denver, Colorado | April 9, 2009
The good stuff: the brewery is in a cute little town, the facility is probably the cleanest, nicest brewery space Iíve ever seen, and the staff is friendly- the gift shop has some neat glassware and shirts for sale - the bad stuff: the tour is self-guided, and therefore incredibly impersonal - they give you a little cell phone-looking thing that you dial numbers into as you reach particular areas of the brewery - you learn a couple neat things about the breweryís history, but everything else is standard brewing info that you learn in every other brewery tour - there is no beer on tap here, and they only let people taste three beers, which are apparently chosen at random every day, and poured from their regular bottled line-up, all of which is readily available at most liquor stores in the state, which leaves one wondering, "why did I drive out into the boondocks for this?" - the bottle prices are actually more expensive here than in most stores, again, begging the above-mentioned question - I suppos
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus  (339) Las Cruces, New Mexico | October 27, 2004| Updated July 2, 2012
I used to frequent this place alot when i lived in northern IL. I miss it. New Glarus is a lovely town (swiss colony type setting). The sight of those copper kettles is just awesome. The selection and gift store stock was great and they had lots of interesting old bottles from many of the retired brews from NG. A MUST stop if your in south central WI. RERATE-at the new facility, i was amazed by the hospitality, selection of cool NG schwag, and very good tastings! the beers they had were all very good and the brewery is an amazing facility. really clean, large, yet still small enough that its a microbrewery. I love the setting and the lovely scene from the biergarden. fantastic!

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