Our Story

New Glarus Brewing Company wasted no time establishing itself as a world class operation. In 1992, Daniel Carey passed the Diploma Master Brewer's Exam at the Institute of Brewing, London. Deb Carey raised the capital for the start-up as a gift to her husband, establishing herself as the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the United States.
Dan and Deb Carey converted an abandoned warehouse into New Glarus Brewing Company's original Riverside Brewery. The first barrels rolled out in November of 1993 - the fastest micro brewery start-up ever. Daniel and Deb successfully combine their business management and brewing professionalism with their philosophy based on individuality, cooperation, and use of 100% natural ingredients to produce world class, hand-crafted beers. 

"Big was never our goal. We just wanted to pay our bills and be fair to the people around us. We hoped we might sell 10,000 or 15,000 barrels one day." -Deb Carey

Deb Carey Co-Founder/President

One of life's entrepreneurial spirits, she raised the capital for the start-up as a gift to her husband, establishing her as the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the United States.
She is a native of Wisconsin. She attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana majoring in marketing and graphics. An entrepreneur at heart, she started her first business at the age of sixteen.
After studying Business with the S.B.A. and Clackamus College in Portland, Oregon Deb met the challenge of establishing the New Glarus Brewing Co. in 1993. As Founder and President of "One of the Top Ten Breweries in the World" she does everything—except brew the beer!

​"Brewing a beer is an artistic expression; its a marriage of science, engineering, and art." -Dan Carey

Dan Carey Co-Founder/Diploma Master Brewer

Dan Carey has worked in the Brewing Industry since the age of 20.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Malting and Brewing Science from the University of California at Davis in 1983. He served his apprenticeship at a small brewery near Munich, Germany and has operated and constructed numerous breweries throughout the United States. He was valedictorian of the 1987 Siebel Institute Course in Brewing Technology.
He passed the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma Examination in 1990 as well as their Master Brewer Examination in 1992. Before starting New Glarus Brewing Company with Deborah Carey, he was a Production Supervisor for Anheuser-Busch.
Dan won the Association of Brewers 2003 "Small Brewer of the Year" Award, the 2005 and 2006 "Mid Size Brewer of the Year" Awards, as well as the 2006 "Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing."

"These People are important to me and I know what it's like to work hard and not be treated fairly. The decisions we make can impact them. They can send their kids to school, they can buy a house, they can go on vacation, those are the things that make life bearable, and rich. This allows them to give to others, and that's a great honor." -Deb Carey


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