August Schell Brewing Company
- 1860 Schell Road
- New Ulm, MN 56073
- 800-770-5020 (ph)
- 507-354-5528 (ph)
- $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.