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The Wisconsin Series - A Return to Monroe

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An October 2012 trip to Monroe by MilwVon

Clear View School Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: Having done a full day trip to Monroe this past summer, I returned to catch up on some things I didn't have time to see the last time.

More Monroe Please

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My day trip back in June was focused on the balloon championships and photographing barn quilts. For this trip back to Monroe, I was looking forward to seeing a bit more including cheesemaking which is what really puts the town on the map.My travels to Monroe this time included a planned detour through Albany in order to hopefully see some of Green County's Amish community. Getting out of the house a bit later than I wanted and knowing I needed to be to the Roth Kase USA, Ltd. factory & store by 9:30am, I didn't spend much time exploring the rural roads of the eastern side of the county. I did return back through Amish area at the end of the day as I made my way back home to Milwauk...Read More

Minhas Micro Distillery

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Attraction | "GODSTILLA Awaits You!"

Minhas Micro Distillery Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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During my summer visit to Monroe, I was intrigued by the old building across the street from the Minhas Craft Brewery. Turns out the building is more than 100 years old! Back in the summer I poked around from the outside, not really able to make out much from the window view available from the sidewalk. Today, however, the Minhas Micro Distillery is now open to the public for tours and tastings.While this distillery began their operation in November 2011, they only began offering tours in September after remodeling could be done to provide an appropriate location to receive and entertain visitors. Today, they have their tour and tasting area about 95% complete as they get ready to cran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2012

Minhas Micro Distillery
1404 13th Street
Monroe, Wisconsin
(608) 325-3191

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

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Attraction | "A Wonderful Museum of Cheesemaking Artifacts"

National Historic Cheesemaking Center Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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I was happy that I was able to make it to Monroe this month before the National Historic Cheesemaking Center closes for the winter. With tourism dropping off November through March, the Monroe Welcome Depot Center and this historical museum go on hiatus until spring thaw. When in season, they are open Monday through Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm.The historic train depot was built in 1888 and moved to this new location in 1993 thanks to the commitment and financial support from members of the community. While a majority of the building houses the National Historic Cheesemaking Center, It is so home of the Green County Visitor Center and the Milk House Gift Shop....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2012

National Historic Cheesemaking Center
2108 6th Avenue
Monroe, Wisconsin
(608) 325-4636

Roth Kase Cheese Factory

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Attraction | "Educational Cheese Factory Tour & Shopping Opportunity"

Roth Kase Cheese Factory Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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Roth Käse USA, Ltd. was founded here in Monroe, Wisconsin in 1991. Their tradition of Swiss cheese making, however can be traced back to 1863 in Switzerland. With Green County known as "Little Switzerland" with its dairies and rich farmland, it was a natural location to bring their cheese production to America. While their production facility has been modernized, they remain true to the traditional European cheese making process with still involves a lot of manual effort from employees.When you arrive at their facility, you will enter through the Alp & Dell Cheese Store which is a nice storefront that offers for sale their cheeses as well as all of the accompaniments you'd want, inc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2012

Roth Kase Cheese Factory
657 Second Street
Monroe, Wisconsin 53566
(608) 328-3355

Green County's Amish Community

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Hwy 104 - Entering Amish Country Photo, Monroe, Wisconsin
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I'm glad that I picked up a copy of the Green County Visitor Guide during my last trip to Monroe as I had no idea that they had an Amish community near Monroe. While not as large or visible as others I've visited, I did enjoy my drive between Albany and Brodhead where their farms and businesses are located about 20 minutes from Monroe.As with other areas with Amish populations, your first indication you are approaching their community is the large yellow road sign on State Hwy 104. As you drive the two or three mile section of this highway, you will pass just a couple of Amish farms that are visible from the road. Unlike other Amish farms that I've seen, the only way you may be able to...Read More