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New Glarus Brewing Company Visit

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

A visit to New Glarus Brewing Company is always a welcome event. Before the kids got active, we made multiple 2+ hour trips to the brewery each year. Typically our weekends are abuzz with trips to the gym, soccer field and/or basketball tournament.

This past Sunday was special: it was my birthday.

The wife asked me multiple times what I wanted to do for my birthday. I gave little input. Finally she mentioned New Glarus but only because she really wanted to go and has been talking about it for a month ago. She is a Spotted Cow super fan.

In the four or more since we have visited New Glarus, the drive hasn’t changed but the brewery has. It is bigger, with multiple additions: one on the west side, one on the south-west and possibly more. One of which is near the bottling/kegging area that includes the ability to can their beers. Probably the biggest change: the common area on the north-east side of the brewery. Now there is more and nicer seating, there are trails in the woods, there are a bunch of partially built structures surrounding the area that look more like bombed out Germany during World War II. Tons of new and interesting sites and places for the kids to play. There was live entertainment, see video above. Sausage on wheels was served from a food chuck. The man serving food had a mustache worthy of 20th century Germany.

They still only have four beers on tap for tasting. The price for the tasting has increased while the serving size has not. My only complaint of the day.

The brewery was crowded with people and dogs but the improved family feel made us feel welcome for a lazy October afternoon. We will be back again, just hopefully not for so long. Enjoy!

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New Glarus Brewing Company Day Trip

Monday, March 5th, 2012
back side of new glarus brewing company

New Glarus Brewing Company

It wasn’t long ago that I would take a road trip out to New Glarus Brewing Company shortly after each of the Unplugged series releases. Last year they switched the series to Thumb print and I haven’t been out. Not because of that, because of life.

We have been busy. “We” in terms of the kids, wife, and myself. Yep, this is a family event. The wife likes the beer, the kids like to run around in the open brewery as well as the play in the water out front or throw snow balls at me when there is snow on the ground (yesterday). It is a 2.5 hour road trip (perfect length) that everyone appreciates.

A plan to go up to New Glarus has been 3 months in the making; always getting pushed back. The entire family woke up early on Sunday, so I mentioned a potential road trip to the wife. Her ears perked up and we were on our shortly after breakfast and showers.

I am always impressed with the cleanliness of the brewery. Almost all are clean but New Glarus is awesome. Building a brewery with the customer in mind, is top notch. As long as the tasting room/gift shop is open, anyone can take a self guided tour. Fortunately there weren’t many people there as the kids used the circular walkway as a race path. Burn off some energy.

The wife got the usual taster: $3.50 for three taster pours, including the glass to keep. I had had a couple pints of Moon Man: the first pint was $6.00 but included the curved glass ware, while the refill was $3.00. Really reasonable prices.

The staff continues to be knowledgeable, helpful, and super friendly. Two cases of Cherry Stout (re-released as part of the thumbprint series), a case of Spotted Cow, two four packs of Thumbprint Barleywine, and four bottles each Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red loaded up the mini van and it was time for lunch.

One quick note on lunch. We stopped off at a Swedish place in New Glarus that was recommended as the second best place to eat as the first was closed for the season. They had a buffet that was $5.00 for each of the kids. Upon hearing that price we didn’t bother to inquire the adult price. Bad move! We assumed $10.00 for adults, double the kids price. Try almost quadruple, weighing in at $19.50 per adult. The food didn’t sit well in my stomach afterwards. First and last time. Enjoy!

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New Glarus Brewing Company Black Top (365 Day 282)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

New Glarus Black Top

It should come as no surprise when I say that New Glarus Brewing Company is one of my favorite brewers of American craft beer. Since I have been keeping track of my beer reviews on Two Beer Dudes, I have had some 34 flavors (reminds me of the ice cream shop for some reason). Over the past few years they have started flexing their muscle into styles that are “hip” and have done so well.

Black Top is a cascadian dark ale that quickly shows that New Glarus has the ability to brew up a smooth and nicely hopped beer. Black top’s dark malts and dry hop aroma compete for attention on the nose and eventually in the mouth. Hops are west coast in style while there is enough balance to bring a touch of bitterness in the finish but one that is fruity and short.

Another solid offering and one that I look forward to the next. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 10 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.1

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New Glarus Brewing Company Cran-bic Ale (365 Day 226)

Friday, July 15th, 2011

New Glarus Cran-bic Ale

New Glarus Brewing Company started up a new line of beers this year: Thumbprint. I believe the idea behind this line of beers is to continue to be creative and different from the rest of the American craft beer industry. There is a quote on the New Glarus site on this topic from Deborah Carey. Exert from that quote:

Thumbprint beers are still brewed with the beer enthusiast in mind. Thumbprint beers are brewed in small batches that are intended to be available for one time only. However, popular demand has caused some styles to return. This is my own thumbprint, to let everyone know this is a real New Glarus handcrafted beer! Cheers.

The second release this year is Cran-bic Ale. This beer was part of the Unplugged series back in 2009 and now is re-released into the Thumbprint series. I don’t mind at all. The oak that this beer is aged on comes through spectacularly on the nose: white oak is so pleasant and tantalizing. There are also notes of cranberries, sweet, and tartness. Per any of the fruit beers that come out of New Glarus, Cran-bic is delicious and especially refreshing this time of year. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.0

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New Glarus Brewing Company Raspberry Tart (365 Day 186)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Converting macro beer people into American craft beer fans can seem difficult at times, especially based on the ease they are willing to accept the change. Of course beers that bridge the gap by being lighter usually allow that conversion to go easier.

The neighbors had a get together so I thought some home brew, a wheat beer and honey pale, would be perfect starters with the finish coming from a bottle of Raspberry Tart by New Glarus Brewing Company.

Definitely not a first time with this beer but just a complete appreciation for how well New Glarus does fruit beers. Besides the perfect amount of raspberries there is a nice subtlety of vanilla and oak adding a nice level of complexity.

The great thing about the fruit beers that New Glarus brews up is the ease at which women will at least try, usually coming back for seconds after an initial small pour. I will keep this one in the cellar for just these occasions and my own person preference. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 10, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.9

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New Glarus Brewing Company Coffee Stout (365 Day 178)

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

New Glarus Coffee Stout

I kicked the weekend off with a home brew, Honey Pot Pale Ale, at work with the boss and a fellow IT colleague. I thought this would lead to a crazy a night of American craft beer but I found myself in the middle of a game of Titan Quest with the guys from work. I wanted something familiar, something not over bearing, something I didn’t have to physical review this time around.

Coffee Stout by New Glarus Brewing Company was exactly what I needed. New Glarus is a frequent stop, so it is something familiar. Coffee Stout is a mild stout so it wasn’t over bearing. I have had it plenty of times in the past so I didn’t have to do a review. Perfect.

Coffee Stout is a regular release from New Glarus, that has enough coffee flavor/aroma to know it was there but really allows the under lying stout to shine through, and that it does. Roasted and chocolate notes are aided by the coffee to form a nice drinking, solid stout. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.0

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New Glarus Brewing Company Unplugged Abt (365 Day 162)

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

New Glarus Unplugged Abt

As I started rereading what I wrote about beer 161, New Glarus Brewing Company Fat Squirrel, I quickly did a search on Sips to see what beers I have had from New Glarus since the start of 365 American craft beers in 365 days. I have checked out quite a few beers (around 10 I would say) by New Glarus but that, for some reason, only made my thirst for another New Glarus beer even greater.

I expeditiously made a mental note of what I had in cellar versus what I had written about. Jackpot. There were a few beers that percolated to the top. I knew I had a winner in Unplugged Abt. If memory serves me, this was the third Unplugged beer last year with a release time starting in August.

Abt is a Belgian Quad that has aged fairly well. I know that isn’t an overwhelming endorsement of the beer but I don’t think it was quite the same beer I had some nine months or so ago. At times it seemed to be a bit malty but more like a brown ale as I thought I could pick up nutty flavors. I don’t know if I would rate it as highly as I did the first time.

I have a few more so I will be giving another chance. Hopefully it was just an off night for the taste buds. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.8

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New Glarus Brewing Company Fat Squirrel (365 Day 161)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

New Glarus Fat Squirrel

I decided to take a break from big American IPAs and switch to something a bit more mellow by American craft beer standards: an English Brown Ale and, believe it or not, a beer that wasn’t brewed on the West coast.

Fat Squirrel by New Glarus Brewing Company has been on top of my list since the first time I had a good ten or more years ago. A friend of Rich’s had gone up to Wisconsin for business and brought back some New Glarus. Rich seemed to already know about New Glarus at that time, I had no idea who they were. That evening we shared a sixer of assorted New Glarus beers. I was hooked. Fat Squirrel was quickly one of my favorite as was Coffee Stout.

New Glarus briefly distributed to Northern Illinois but that was very short lived and to this day they still only distribute to Wisconsin, having more tap handles in the state than the macros 🙂 When you brew 100,000 barrels or so and sell it all in the state in which it was made, that is impressive.

Having Fat Squirrel reminds me of the goodness that is New Glarus. I will have to continue to inject their beers into 365. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.0

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New Glarus Brewing Company Two Women Lager (365 Day 155)

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

New Glarus Two Women Lager

This is a short story of the quirkiness of American craft beer.

Last summer I was up at New Glarus Brewing Company and purchased some sixteen ounce bottles of Two Women Lager. A beer I was told was only going to be brewed once, had one of those “R&D” looking labels, and had a story behind it. Unfortunately I don’t remember said story but I thought it had to do with making something for a friends wedding or something else along those lines.

I really liked the beer and never thought I would see it again. I am glad I am not looking to be a psychic. Each year New Glarus runs a fan vote that gets to choose the beers they brew. It seems that Two Women Lager was liked and liked a lot. It not only made it into this years release pattern but is now part of the year round releases. Go figure.

This time around the beer was in a twelve ounce bottle with a new logo (the one on this page). It is a solid lager that is crisp and refreshing with a nice fruity aroma and taste that compliment, making the beer more complex.

The only thing that sticks in the back of my mind is that isn’t quite the same beer I had before but I can’t believe that it isn’t. (?) Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.6

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New Glarus Brewing Company Thumbprint Double IPA (365 Day 153)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I remember thinking not so long ago that one of my favorite American craft beer breweries, New Glarus Brewing Company, hasn’t made an American Double IPA. I didn’t know if they were trying to buck the norm or if they just hadn’t had a chance to come up with one that they were completely thrilled about.

I had Moon Man when they released it for the first time, realizing that they can make a really good American Pale Ale with a pleasant hop profile, why not an IPA or IIPA?

With New Glarus’s recent release of Thumbprint IIPA they have quickly showed that they can brew a Double IIPA, brew one to West Coast style, and brew one well. Thumbprint is a really refreshing, easy to drink DIPA. So easy to appreciate that you don’t realize that the 9.0 ABV is there until it sneaks up on you, tapping you on the shoulder telling you that your toes are tingling.

Once again New Glarus has done a quality job with a short release beer, continuing to make me eager to drive the 2.5 hours to pick up more. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 10, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.2

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