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Two Women, a Spotted Cow and a Fat Squirrel

November 13, 2012

October 8, 2012

Two Women, a Spotted Cow and a Fat Squirrel walk into a bar….just kidding.  While it does sound like the start of a good joke, it is not that as I lack those types of comedic skills.  Rather, it is a list of the three beers I sampled at the  New Glarus Brewing Company.
Located in New Glarus, WI, I’d read about New Glarus Brewing Company and their brews in various news papers and magazine articles.  Always on the lookout for something unique to its place, I thought I’d take a side trip on my journey to Milwaukee.

The drive from Baraboo through Sauk City, Black Earth, and Mt. Horeb is a pastoral and scenic drive, well worth the drive alone, as it winds through stream lined valleys dotted with small farms.  Unknown to me at the time, New Glarus, WI, bills itself as America’s Little Switzerland, so you can imagine my surprise upon entering New Glarus and seeing streets lined with commercial buildings like Swiss chalets.  I loved it. The sense of place made me feel like I had been transported to the Swiss Alps.

The New Glarus Brewing Company is housed in an impressive structure nestled on a hill on the edge of town.  With a grand entrance, one enters through the gift shop for a self-guided tour.  Feeling the need to stretch my legs I proceeded with the tour before sampling the beer.  Not being an expert on the brewing process,  I will let some of the pictures speak for themselves.

Time for samples.

For $3 each paying adult receives three, 3 oz. samples of what they are brewing, along with a commemorative tasting glass.  Plus, you get this bright wrist band with tabs that are removed each time you sample a new beer.

Viewing the menu and listening to the description of each beer from the host, I first tried the Spotted Cow.  Cold and refreshing, this tasty ale is something I could drink any day of the year. I liked it. It is as simple as that.  I wish I could speak more fluently regarding tone, texture, color, flavor, etc. but why make a fool of myself.  Spotted Cow – Thumbs up!  Moon Man sounded a little too hoppy for me so I went with the Two Women lager.  Another pleasing beer with a noticeable malt flavor.  Brewed year round, Two Women is easily drinkable as well. Although, in comparison to the Spotted Cow, I preferred the Spotted Cow.  With one option left, I chose the Fat Squirrel (Nut Brown Ale) over the seasonal Back 40 (Bock beer).  A fan of Newcastle Brown Ale the Fat Squirrel was smooth and delicious – something for a cool fall or winter day by the fire place.  Another thumbs up. Yum!

Notice – The brewery grounds close at four p.m.  With a few minutes to spare I made my way to the store where I purchased some of the Spotted Cow to take home.  I also purchased a few bottles each of the Totally Naked, Dancing Wheat Man, Laughing Fox and Staghorn Octoberfest, since they allow you to mix and match.

Inside the store

Only in Wisconsin – New Glarus Brewing Company and the town of New Glarus are definetly worth visiting.

– Hats
P.S. – The meat sticks at Hoesly’s Meat Market are also highly recommended.

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