New Blog New Glarus Brewing Fat Squirrel Ale


In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at seven beers from New Glarus Brewing.  Here is a little history of this great Midwest Brewery.  New Glarus Brewing Company was founded in 1993 by Deborah and Dan Carey in New Glarus, Wisconsin.  They are 21st largest Craft Brewery and 32nd largest brewery in the United States.  This brewery has won several awards for their beers.  They brew several different beer styles and their flagship is their Spotted Cow.  We are going to get into their Fat Squirrel first.  Let us check out this brew.

The beer has a clear brown color without a head on it.  The smell is a sweet maple malty to the beer. The taste is sweet malty and maple to it. The aftertaste is a hazelnut to it. It is a pretty drinkable for being a brown ale.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and their website (

One deceptively springlike winter day, Brewmaster Dan walked hom from the brewery, sat down to dinner and said, “Boy there are some fat squirrels out there.  They’re running all over the place.  I think I should brew a Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale.”  Deb agreed and so another beer legend was born.

100% Wisconsin malt of six different varieties impart the natural toasted color to this bottle conditioned unfiltered ale.  Clean hazelnut notes result from these carefully chosen barely malts.  Hops from Slovenia, Bavaria and the Pacific Northwest give Fat Squirrel its backbone.

When the going gets tough remember to relax a moment and enjoy the “Fat Squirrel” in your neighborhood.  Truly yours, Daniel & Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:


Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In closing, I really enjoyed this beer.  It is a little different from the rest of the Brown Ales that are in the market.  I really enjoyed the classic craft brown ales like Brooklyn Brown Ale.  This one has a really good twist to it.  There is other notes you do not get from the rest of the brown ales like a little caramel, which you will get from other brown ales, and maple notes.  I love brown ale and I have to say this Nut Brown Ale or should I say Fat Squirrel Ale is one of my favorite Brown Ale along with Brooklyn Brown.  Thanks to my friend for bring it down to Chicago for me to try it and blog about it.  This beer is worth a trip up to Wisconsin to try this beer out.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill Weiser


Twitter:  @djweiser

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