If you’ve never been to New Glarus Brewing (located in small-town New Glarus, Wisconsin), do yourself a favor and put it on your brewery bucket list. This part of the state, known for its rolling hills and fertile farmland, is referred to as the “driftless area.” I did a little research on this to understand the reasoning behind the nickname, and it has to do with the last glacial age, which missed this region and left the ancient, natural up and down topography alone in its quest South. As a result, parts of the area look more like something you might find in the hills of Scotland rather than Southwestern Wisconsin.

The drive to and from this area alone is worth the trip, but rest assured when you get to the brewery itself you’ll be treated to some of the finest beer Wisconsin has to offer, and a truly amazing setting for a beer garden. The garden is set up like a town center in a quaint European village. There are several spots throughout the garden where you can sample each of the beers on tap that day. Having tried many of the staples (Spotted Cow, Moon Man, Cabin Fever, Staghorn, etc), we focused mainly on the seasonal options they had available.

Brewery Flight

1. Which beers did you try in the flight?

  • Summer Sour
  • Kühler
  • Flanders Sour
  • Raspberry Tart
  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Kriek

2. Which beer had the best aroma?

Strawberry Rhubarb

3. Which beer works best with your taste palate?

Raspberry Tart

4. Which beer has the best finishing flavor?

Kriek (Sour cherry)

5. Rank the beers one (liked most) through four.

  1. Strawberry Rhubarb
  2. Raspberry Tart
  3. Kriek
  4. Summer Sour
  5. Kühler
  6. Flanders Sour

Tell us about it

It was a hot day, and focusing on the fruit-inspired beers the brewery had available turned out to be a great idea since they were so refreshing! This was my first time trying the Strawberry Rhubarb, and I’d highly recommend it. It presents such an amazing combination of flavors with a delightful ruby red color. If you see this at the store, throw them your wallet and pick up as much as you can, it’s worth it. I also really enjoyed the Raspberry Tart and the Kriek. The Summer Sour was good, but a notch below the others. The Kühler is a tea-infused beer that wasn’t my jam, but my girlfriend enjoyed it a lot. Disappointingly, the Flanders Sour had gone flat and wasn’t worth drinking. I’ve had this beer before and it was fantastic, but this wasn’t a good representation.

In addition to trying all these delicious beers, we also took a gander at the hop garden and these little devils are growing up nicely. I can’t wait to enjoy them in a tasty beer in a few months!

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