Late this summer I went camping with a group of friends in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Nicknamed Little Switzerland, this town of about 2,300 people is among the largest Swiss American populations in the country, proportionally. Chalet-style architecture, mom and pop shops, and Swiss flags line the small downtown area. All around a super charming place, and exactly what someone who has never actually been to Switzerland would imagine a small town there to look like.
What really puts this town on the map is the New Glarus Brewery. The brewery is outside of town on the gorgeous rolling countryside, very close to our campgrounds. It was a sweltering hot weekend so on the second day our group decided to take a field trip to the brewery for some air conditioning and cold brew. Spotted Cow, Fat Squirrel, Totally Naked, Moon Man, and Stone Soup are a few of their selections, and bonus, they use 100% vegan ingredients and brewing techniques. To go with the beer they were cooking up personal size pizzas in a brick oven outside. There were only about 5 pizzas to choose from, and I was pleasantly surprised to notice that one was vegan with no modification needed! Delicious and simple, a drizzle of olive oil, marinara sauce, and thinly sliced garlic. It was so warm and toasty out of the oven, a perfect accompaniment to the beer, not to mention a welcome change from the camping food!
Even though this was my first time to the brewery, I have enjoyed a cold Spotted Cow many a time in Wisconsin before. It is a special treat, because these beers are only distributed in Wisconsin. Visitors from Illinois often smuggle back cheese and fireworks, but you will only see New Glarus Beers in my back seat! So if you are ever in Wisconsin be sure to try some, and bring some back for me.