Nevertheless, when I was on my search for great beer in the US, an obscure brewery to me came up from Wisconsin called New Glarus. Wisconsin? I thought... the place that is known for cheese? Dairy? But beer? Beer WORTH drinking in Wisconsin? get out of here..
The idea that Wisconsin was to have a brewery that could make fascinating beer not unlike great breweries in California, Oregon, Michigan and so forth seemed like an afterthought. However, when looking at New Glarus it was obvious this place was doing something very unique.
From their website: "New Glarus is run by an enthusiastic couple Daniel and Deb Carey, who have successfully combined business management and brewing professionalism." One thing I noticed when checking out their website was that there were some beers here that had an emphasis on fruit as a main ingredient. Two particularly stood out. One was a beer titled "Wisconsin Belgian Red", a beer with a pound of Door county Montmorency cherries in every bottle, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops for a year. The other "Raspberry Tart" is a classic Framboise made in a similar manner.
New Glarus is not distributed very wildly, but somehow I needed to try these beers having read their descriptions and salivating. It didn't hurt that both beers were also highly award winning, and also quite coveted by beer fans. Long story short I was able to acquire the two products, and also get a bottle of Unplugged Enigma, which is as a sour brown ale not unlike a fantastic Flanders Oud Bruin. I am very grateful for getting it since it is no longer being brewed. In short it was amazing.
Below is both a review of the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart. Make sure you make an effort some day to try these fantastic brews if you can. Cheers!
Wisconsin Belgian Red