Dan Carey is brewing here all sorts of wonderful beers.Deb Carey is the charming director of the(now 2 breweries)Take a tour at the brewery and enjoy real brewing.The guys at the brewery take pride at their profession and their product.Well,the result is that we can enjoy brands like ,,Spotted cow``.I highly recommend a visit to the brewery,you...more
New Glarus settlers had an ample supply of forest from which to build their homes. The lumberyard, still in business, is reminiscent of the retail value of this lumber, now long since deforested. Similarly, the defunct railroad depot, adjacent to the highway and a nature trail, reminds one of a bygone era.more
These are among the oldest buildings in town. The church was actually moved from its former location outside of town to this hilltop location. The Town Hall served as a display of military collectibles on Memorial Day. New Glarus was well represented in the USA armed forces during WWII, a few of whom served as German language translators and...more
Because this small town is so notable as a center of Swiss culture in the USA, there is a whole village museum devoted to telling the story of the founding of New Glarus and the culture of the settlers who arrived here. Unfortunately, the museum was closed on Memorial Day weekend, but here's a photo and a weblink. Visitors can expect to see how...more
There's a substantial cathedral on a hill that's central to New Glarus. Although the large building is well kept, I understand that the congregation has reduced to about 400 members. This building is certainly the most visible landmark in town, the New Glarus Swiss United Church of Christ website dates the congregation back to the very founding of...more
Although the day was slightly overcast, it was otherwise beautiful for a small town parade. The New Glarus high school band played familiar John Philip Souza music and marched, while WWII either walked or rode. Fire Trucks and police escorted the parade while villagers and tourists lined the several block route. It doesn't last long, but in the...more
New Glarus is not a cute made for tourist Swiss town which is what you might think at first glance. Though indeed tourist do flock here to soak in the Swiss ambiance, it is such due to the high concentration of Swiss people who immigrated here and founded the town in 1845, naming it after the Canton of Glarus in their home country. With most hotels...more
The New Glarus Brewery has been going strong since 1993 but despite its many awards, it has remained small and their beers are not available outside of its home state of Wisconsin. They brew some Germanic type beers which is understandable considering the make-up off the people of the town, largely descendants of that part of Europe. But their true...more
The New Glarus Primrose Winery has been around since 1990, and was in the process of moving from its 1st Street building on Memorial Day weekend. I'm a serious wine drinker, but because I was driving the big rig, I couldn't consume any alcohol anyway. From the website, the grape wines appear to be mostly sweet and fruity styles, hopefully with a...more
This substantial micro-brewery is located across the highway, just outside of downtown. It was closed on Memorial Day, but was well represented in the days local events. This brewery building size suggests a facility capable of production and export for specialized brew pubs and fine beer retailers throughout the USA.more
In keeping with Swiss tradition, New Glarus has an excellent bakery downtown. Breads, cakes, scones, cookies, and a wide variety of other pastries are made daily. One can get a cup of coffee and pastry for breakfast and enjoy it on the street outside, where there are several benches. I watched the Memorial Day parade go past as I ate my maple bar...more
New Glarus is a small town located about 30 miles southwest of Madison, WI. The drive there will take you a good 45 minutes largely on back roads and I would not expect there are any buses running there either.
Once there, you can pretty much walk anywhere though the brewery is on the outskirts of town, not in the center.
New Glarus is 175 miles northwest of Chicago and that trip will take about 3.5 hours (that is if there are no playoff games going on that day!). And no, you cannot find New Glarus beers in Chicago.
I was on the Internet looking for some information on New Glarus. As chance would have it, our campground had wireless and this helped change our fate. If only I had found the Glarner Stube a day earlier and we had arrived even an hour earlier. As it was, we had arrived too late to go to the New Glarus Brewery. It was not a restaurant but merely...more
New Glarus turned out to be a much nice place than we ever imagined but the reason we came was New Glarus Brewing. If in the area, a visit is nearly mandatory It was colder in the tent that it had been even though we were some 9000 feet lower in elevation than we were pitching it less than a week earlier. It took me an hour or so before I realized...more