While visiting Chicago I felt like it was appropriate to take a day to visit Wisconsin. When setting up the Vert Big Bad Wolf Race in Ipswich Ma I saw that Z who runs Wolf Hollow was wearing a New Glarus “Spotted Cow” T-shirt. I had mentioned how I had tried the beer last year on my previous marathon in Chicago and how good it was. He told me how beautiful it was. I took his word for it (I also thought it was a pretty awesome T-shirt). My point on this is that if Z were to have not have worn that shirt before things got busy that day I may have not have thought to go to New Glarus to their brewery! Also, having “Booyah” from Milwaukee Brewing Company I knew that would be the second stop (or intended third stop) on this Beerventure. Here is the adventure it led to:
I had decided to rent a car with a friend and head to New Glarus, first stop was to the Bridgeport Diner for pancakes, then to Bridgeport Coffee (because my friend could never have enough coffee), then finally the interstate! Driving through Chicago isn’t the easiest task and considering that the roads were in constant construction on the way to Rockford, IL it was going to make for a long trip! Everything was one lane for about 40 miles which made the ride slow. It also compounds things a little when you get to Beliot, Wi and it just looks like the town where a town police officer is looking to pull someone over for going two miles over the speed limit! After this it was time to see the beautiful scenery and in running terms get a lot of kills (that is passing runners in a race) over a lot of different cars on the two-lane Wisconsin roads.
We finally reached our destination and the views were spectacular:
I did take this photo from online and to the person I took it from, I’m sorry and thank you. Here is a vine to show how awesome it was as well! I just think that everyone should see the beauty from the outside!
By just viewing the area at the Brewery it looks like it would be the perfect location for a trail race!
The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior as well:
The beer here was absolutely delicious and I ended up with a T-shirt, two glasses from tastings, and another purchased glass separately. I also had the “Strawberry Rhubarb” beer which was fantastic as well as “Black Top” and “Staghorn” were awesome as well. I had a full Pint of “Moon Man” which might have been the most fantastic pale ale I have ever had!
The plan afterwards was to go into Madison for beers but unfortunately after speaking with the lady in the beer shop it was evident that we didn’t have enough time. We had to get to Milwaukee to go to Milwaukee Brewing Company. Arriving a couple of minutes after 5pm we were able to go in:
The tour was $10 but you got full pours of just about everything on draft except for O-Gii which at over 9% you got a token for just one but be it a delicious one with no boozy taste to it as well as a beer token for another MKE beer at a local establishment later. I wasn’t expecting full pours but they kept coming. “Pull Chain”, “Louie’s Demise”, “Hop Happy”, and “Polish Moon” were all fantastic! There fall offering of “Sasquash” had the perfect fall nose in it!
I didn’t used the free beer coupon from New Glarus or the separate token for a free beer from Milwaukee Brewing Company but I have to make sure that I use both of them when I come back to run the Chicago Marathon next year.