I haven't been there yet, but the Muddy Pig is supposed to be great. Lots of Belgians on tap:
The Muddy Pig
Minneapolis Town Hall is excellent:
Welcome to Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Gluek's is terrible. Grain Belt isn't much better. Not a huge fan of Summit, but it's everywhere here-even the dive bars. Surly makes some good beers (I really like their Cynic Ale), unfortunately it's not really any cheaper at the liquor store than it is at the bar. Bell's at most places on tap here too, which is nice.
I can't think of a restaurant that specializes in hot dish. Hmm.
+1 on making the drive to WI for New Glarus.