Jun 27 2008

Schells Brewery Tour in New Ulm, MN

Schell's Brewery Sign

August Schell Brewing Company

  • 1860 Schell Road
  • New Ulm, MN 56073
  • 800-770-5020 (ph)
  • 507-354-5528 (ph)
  • www.schellsbrewery.com
  • $3 tour admission, under 12 free.  No charge for museum or gardens.
  • Restrooms with changing tables available.  Stroller accessible except for one part of the tour.

My husband and his brother came along on a Sunday afternoon outing, so with a favorable adult-to-child ratio, we toured Schells Brewery in New Ulm, MN.

Schells is the 2nd-oldest family-owned brewery in the country.  Built into the side of a bluff in New Ulm, the brewery makes Schell’s, Hauenstein, and Grain Belt beers, as well as 1919 Root Beer and Buddy’s Sodas.

We arrived early for the tour, which gave us time to look around at the museum, gift shop, and gardens.  Our guide then gave us the history of the brewery and showed us around the grounds and buildings.  We ended in the tasting room, where we viewed a video that provided more information about the making of the beer before sampling the various brews that Schell’s makes.

The kids thought it was great to get root beer (and 1919 really is the best, in my opinion), but in hindsight, I wouldn’t have taken the youngest on the tour.  For kids five and up, though, there’s enough moving around to make the tour interesting, even if they’re just looking for the peacocks that roam the site.

Schell’s has such a picturesque location, away from the hustle and bustle of the town below.  I like to go there once or twice a year just to walk through the gardens, which are always open to the public.  But a tour of the brewery is interesting once in a while as well.

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6 Comments to “Schells Brewery Tour in New Ulm, MN”

  1. [...] like Schell’s Brewery because of the gardens.  We pass Applebees and Target and leave the city behind as we wind our way [...]

  2. [...] of 1919 Root Beer is $3.  With no ice, so you’re getting a heckuva deal.  Never mind that 1919 is the best root beer [...]

  3. [...] a short video and then a guided tour, and if you show up on the right day of the week, a tour of Schell’s Brewery can be interesting.  Beer (regular and root) is provided at the end of the tour, in case you need [...]

  4. Jen on 28 Aug 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Don’t forget to climb Herman the German while in New Ulm–my kids love this!

  5. [...] seen its top-of-the-hill statue of Hermann the German, watched the Glockenspiel, or toured Schell’s Brewery (where Grain Belt beer is made now, too).  You haven’t been to German Park or driven down [...]

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