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“Family owned and fun”

August Schell Brewery
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in New Ulm
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: German-style brewery.
Mankato, Minnesota, United States
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Family owned and fun”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

The grounds and gardens are beautiful. It is mostly run by the Marti family that own and operate the brewery. They are all personable, friendly and helpful. They give a great tour with tasting to follow. They hold several festivals on the grounds throughout the year of the same type you would find if visiting Germany. New Ulm and Schells are a great stop for anyone wanting to experience a little Germany. We recently visited their Octoberfest. Complete with German polka bands, lederhosen, dirndls and mythical German Naren roaming the grounds.

Visited October 2013
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Armstrong, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery and entertaining”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

The drive to the Brewery is a tree laden, lots of turns and a little hill before entering the property, excitement builder. The grounds are beautifully kept, yet allowing nature to present its self. The gift shop has fun, unique items and is worth spending some time in. Although we did not do the tour, it is something we will definitely do next time.

Visited September 2013
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Sutton, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice Tour”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Worth the trip. Limited times & limited number of people allowed on tours, so sign up early. This works well for touring, questions & the tasting at the end. Nice grounds. Look for the Peacocks. Tour lasts about a hour start to finish, allow more time to walk the grounds. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the brewery production, but space is limited.

Visited September 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Tour”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Went there on a Saturday. Arrived at 1 p.m. and got the last two tickets to the 2:00 tour. All tours were sold out by 3:00. Great tour with a great tasting at the end. They are currently remodeling so future tours will be able to go into the production area. Beautiful grounds, nice museum and gift shop.

Visited September 2013
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Switzerland
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150 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Learn something, taste something, see something”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

An inexpensive tour and short enough to keep the kids attentive. We arrived 1hr prior to the first tour on a Sunday, the brewery was very quiet so lots of time to eat a tailgate sandwich and sign-up for the first tour of the day. As we left a couple of hours later the parking lot was full and cars were parking a long way down the access road. The tour itself was informative, the beer sampling was more than ample and nicely done at the end. Start to finish the tour was about 1hr, but allow for 2hrs by the time you've signed-up, taken the tour, sat and enjoyed your beer (or root beer), explored the flower gardens and perhaps spent a little time in the beer garden (which had live music on the day we visited).

As for the title of the review: we learnt that peacocks (a couple are resident at the brewery), despite being an African bird, apparently like living outdoors even during a Minnesotan winter. We tasted a great range of beers and were guided around one of the oldest breweries in America.

The brewery is for sure worthy of a visit and also gets busy, so plan accordingly to avoid disappointment.

Visited August 2013
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