Monroe Journals

The Wisconsin Series - Green County/Monroe

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A June 2012 trip to Monroe by MilwVon

Welcoming to Green County, WI Photo, Green County, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: A very long day trip (435 miles and 17 hours) to Green County to take in a sampling of some of what they are known for . . . barn quilts, beer and ballooning.
New Glarus Brewery Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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My day trip plan was to drive to Monroe to take in two sessions (6am and 6pm) of the US Open (Balloon) Championships, to drive their rural roads in search of barn quilts and to take in a couple of their local craft breweries. What I didn't realize, was that there is so much more to see and do in Green County . . . so now I'm already planning for when I should return to experience more! For a small rural county of 585 square miles and something around 35,000 people, it is surprising to met just how much is there for visitors and tourists to learn about.The City of Monroe is also the county seat, home to around 12,000 people. Settled in the 1840's by immigrants from Switzerland, it is kn...Read More

US Open National (Balloon) Championships

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Balloon Over Monroe Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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Every year over the past 26, Monroe (Wisconsin) has served as host to the Monroe Balloon Rally which is coming up at the end of this week (June 15 & 16, 2012) at the Green County Fairgrounds. An opportunity for balloon enthusiasts to get up close and person with hot air balloon and their pilots, the two day event is a great family affair. This year in advance of the rally, Monroe also hosted the first of two competitions being conducted as the US Open National Championships with 22 balloon pilots/teams participating. I was fortunate to be able to get down to Monroe (approximately 120 miles from Milwaukee) to take in the early Sunday morning competition as that evening's event plus Mo...Read More

Green County Barn Quilts

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Scattered throughout Green County, visitors may happen upon the one of the many (over 100!) barns and farm buildings that are adorned with the rustic looking "quilts" that provide a touch of Americana through artistic expression in the form of huge painted quilt panels.I believe the first time I ever saw such symbolism was in the Pennsylvania Dutch community in surrounding towns such as Lancaster and Lebanon. As a child, my family used to take weekend trips to that area and I remember seeing the pretty designs painted on the dairy farm barns throughout the countryside. Some say that today's barn quilt phenomenon is a tribute back to the days of Amish settlement in the United States. Othe...Read More

Minhas Craft Brewery

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Attraction | "Mixed Bag - Overall I Liked It"

Minhas Craft Brewery Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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The Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe is the second oldest brewery operation in the United States. Originally founded in 1845 as the Monroe Brewing Company by Swiss immigrants, it has been owned by numerous individuals and families leading up to the 2006 purchase by a Canadian family, the Minhas. This seemed to be a natural progression for this small craft beer company in that by that time, 85% of all Monroe production was for export to Alberta, Canada. Today they produce more than 25 beverages including ales, craft brews, seasonal offerings, flavored malts and soft drinks.The tour started in the Lazy Dog Lounge, their reception area where guests are welcomed to bottomless samples of their...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2012

Minhas Craft Brewery
1208 14th Avenue
Monroe, Wisconsin
1-800-BEER-205

New Glarus Brewery

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Attraction | "Nice Small Local Brewery"

New Glarus Brewery Photo, New Glarus, Wisconsin
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As a resident of Wisconsin, I've heard of their Spotted Cow ale, which is very popular throughout the state. Since I was going to be in the general area, I thought carving out some time to visit their brewery would be well worth the time and effort. I was not disappointed.They are open to the general public for free self guided, walking tours daily 10:00am to 4:00pm, which are also the hours for their on-site gift shop and sampling lounge. It was nice to arrive and take a leisurely stroll through their production facility, which I believe is relatively new having moved from downtown to an outlying area to the south on Hwy 69. The view from their new location atop the rolling hills is l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2012

New Glarus Brewery
2400 State Hwy 69
New Glarus 53574
(608) 527-5850