New Glarus Expansion

The long-awaited expansion of the New Glarus Brewing Co. is nearly complete, with tours of the new $20 million Hilltop Brewery beginning this week and a grand opening scheduled Saturday, June 13.

“We’re doing kind of a soft opening this week to get a feel for how it’s going to go,” co-founder Deb Carey said Wednesday.

The new brewery added 100,000 barrels of capacity to the 30,000 barrels already produced at the Riverside Brewery. They anticipate sales of over 80,000 barrels in 2009, all sold exclusively in Wisconsin.

The brewery, which has earned a number of global gold awards and made its reputation throughout Wisconsin with a stable of craft brews headed by the highly popular Spotted Cow, will be offering tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also has a new gift shop that is open to the public.