Visited the new brewery and it’s just beautiful. No guided tour here, you just get to walk around and enjoy the modern brewery with all the pipes, copper, and machinery you could imagine. Simply gorgeous. For $8 you can have Belgian Red on tap and you get to keep your New Glarus shaker glass. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area!
This brewery is awesome. very clean and friendly. The service here is amazing, i even got one of my old unplugged beers autographed by dan carey himself (the brewmaster). He was just there cleaning on a sunday. But you can tell that that same level of hard work and enthusiasm goes into every one of his beers too. love him!
The good stuff: the brewery is in a cute little town, the facility is probably the cleanest, nicest brewery space I’ve 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 brewery’s 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
I really love the atmosphere of this place. It is warm and welcoming. You can tell that they worked hard on making this a good tour for people to enjoy. It is great that you can go at your own pace and look at what you want to. The service is always friendly. The people who work at the brewery make you feel welcomed and if you have any questions they are quick with an answer. The selection for samples is usually a decent one. Wish they would let you sample the foil top ones but the cost would be crazy. I like that you get to keep your tasting glass and you get a free draw at a local bar. The selection for purchase is great because you can pretty much get everything there unless it is a rare beer that sold out. Which the local grocery store or bar may have a bottle hanging out some where. The value is what to expect from a brewery. Most of the beers are cheaper a lot at the local grocery store. However you can get a mixer sixer at the brewery which is a nice addition to the first time I visited. T
This is my favorite brewery, and it was here that my facination for beer really started to grow. That said the auctual tour/hospitality thing is slightly lacking. The tour is done with little phone type things that are odd, but at the same time you really have freedom to wander around the beautiful brewery. The samples at the end of the tour are great when they auctually have the tapper up and working, but usually it is just a person opening a few bottles, which is cool but not always terribly impressive. Oh well I go back here over and over again.
Visited summer 2008, the place was absolutely dead. Beer tour is self-guided with little phones you punch numbers into to hear about each stop of the tour. Tour is very short, but a lot of the stuff is rather interesting if you take the time to listen to each tour stop. Gift shop is rather small, and the beer samples available were nothing special. They did sell single bottles of some stuff I had never seen in stores (but I’m from Illinois, so most is new to me!). Worth a stop if you are in the area (like we were), but if you are driving more than 30 minutes out of your way, I wouldn’t take the time personally.
Oh the disappointment. The tour is short and self-guided, though still interesting to beer geeks. One can’t help but feel a bit like a voyeur wandering around the halls unescorted and staring at things while people are at work all around you, though. Samples are included, although sadly are just poured from a bottle at the cash register at the gift shop. Beer is available for sale, though quizzically at a higher price than most stores. I love New Glarus beer, don’t get me wrong, but the tour wasn’t worth the drive. Hopefully the new facility being built will be a little more journey-worthy.
Very disappointed. Tour only took about 5 minutes to go through, and I didn’t feel like being one of the sheep with the talker at their ear. Got five tastes of beers I’d already had and no cool or exotic beers in the gift shop, just regular stuff I can get in my hometown. Total bummer.
wow, where else can you get everything that new glarus has? Duh! New glarus. the only beef I have is that it is cheaper to get most of the beer at roys, but the overall experience is awesome! Support Dan and Deb and the arts!
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | February 5, 2008| Updated February 15, 2008
WinTour 2008. Visited first thing in the morning on a Saturday, so it wasn’t too busy right away. I thought the guided tour would have been a little cheesy but actually I did learn a lot, and their facilities are very impressive. It’s worth the drive alone to see such a nice looking brewery. I did have questions, though, and I couldn’t find anyone who could answer them for me. As for the tasting, it was a disappointment. For $3.50 we got a small juice glass and three tastes, two of which had been availible in Illinois before they pulled out, and none of them were anything special, having been served out of bottles. The helper girls were bored and treated our presence as an inconvenience. Sorry. I’ll continue to buy their beer when it’s eventually availible in Illinois again but I won’t be back for a tour.