New Glarus Brewing Update

new glarusNow, don’t get too exited. There are no plans for New Glarus to extend into Eastern Iowa, but with the beers right across the Mississippi from Dubuque, I thought I would pass along the following. If you are into sours and wild ales, you have to believe that Dan Carey is going to be bringing some of the best styles of those beers to the table with what he has done as a brewer. They have also just release Strawberry Rubuarb and wild sour ale. The following news is courtesy of

Later this summer, an expansion to the brewery where Carey and his wife, Deb, founded New Glarus Brewing Co. 20 years ago will begin. When it’s done, large-scale production work can begin on a series of sour beers that so far have been released only in tiny, closely held batches.

Here’s their release on the Strawberry Rubarb:

Teased from the loam by the kiss of the Sun. Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb delights are the happy memories of childhood. Diploma Master Brewer Dan employed juicy sweet Strawberries to tame the barbaric wild tart fermentation of rhubarb. Escaped from the far corners of neighboring yards, local rhubarb was incorporated into the wild sour fermentation to create this drinkable dream. Bright sour and effervescent. Toast chilled cold to Bright skies, fireflies, bare feet and rhubarb pies! 

And here’s their release on their Wild Sour:

Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F. 

Once again for Eastern Iowans, right across the river from Dubuque, IA, you have almost all of New Glarus products available at random gas stations and liquor stores. Very excited about this news and if you haven’t visited the brewery yet, it’s a must visit destination. Fantastic stuff!

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