National Historic Cheesemaking Center

Housed in a former railroad depot and part of the Green County Welcome Center, this charming little museum is located on the west side of Monroe along Highway 69.  Outside, you’ll find the charm of a train station, a fiberglass cow and some large copper kettles, all part of a “Memory Walk.” Inside, you’ll find…

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern in Monroe is a State Trunk Tour favorite! A cheese shop and tavern established in 1931, Baumgartner’s is a highlight of any road trip, serving up selections of cheese, sausage, beer, and some terrific fresh sandwiches. Our favorite is the brick cheese and summer sausage on rye; the house specialty…

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Minhas Craft Brewery

Minhas Craft Brewery is the oldest brewery in Wisconsin. It’s also the second oldest in the nation and yet still one of the ten largest breweries in the country. Minhas originally opened as the Monroe Brewing Company way back in 1845. Ownership changes led to name changes; by 1906 it was the Blumer Brewing Company,…

New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus is now known for Spotted Cow as much as its Swiss heritage. The New Glarus Brewery opened in 1993 along Highway 69 just north of the village center; by 2010, a newer, larger facility opened on a hilltop just south of the village center, also along Highway 69. The original brewery is still…

Gray’s Brewing Company

Gray’s Brewing dates back 1856 and is in its fifth generation of family ownership. Through the years (centuries, really), Gray’s has both brewed specialty beers and created gourmet sodas; beer production ceased in 1912 but came back in 1994 and today Gray’s offers seven brews. They include a Honey Ale, the state’s original honey beer;…