Originally Posted by Soopa
I'm headed to Madison next week and am definitely planning on taking a tour of New Glarus on the way. Do they have guided tours or just self-guided ones? Do they have complimentary tastings?
They have people who will guide you if you request it. On Sunday, they had a person roaming the brewery, answering the questions of those who had them.
The bottling line was stopped (of the half-dozen tours we've taken across the country, we have NEVER seen a bottling line run), but they had a big flat-screen TV, and you pushed a button and it ran a film of the bottling line filling kegs & bottles.
They have a tasting room as part of the gift shop, and a patio outside to sit & drink. Small "sample size" tastings are 3 for $3.50. Best deal is the pint; first pint $6.00, refills are $3.00, and you get to keep the glass.
Don't set yourself up for disappointment at their store: these are NOT discount prices, and they say so and say why right on the web site. They state that you're likely to be able to buy a given beer cheaper at a retailer, because they refuse to undercut their distributors or retailers. We shopped at the store because we wanted to be sure of a good selection.....and they had it. We were able to buy a bottle of the Belgian Red, and also their Golden Ale brewed with Brettanomyces.