The brainchild of head brewer and owner Dan Carey, Enigma was originally brewed in 2003, but was first bottled and released in 2006 as part of the Thumbprint Series of beers at New Glarus. The Thumbprint Series, according to Carey, “…are still brewed with the beer enthusiast in mind. Thumbprint beers are brewed in small batches that are intended to be available for one time only. However, popular demand has caused some styles to return. This is my own thumbprint, to let everyone know this is a real New Glarus handcrafted beer! Cheers.”
What do you get when you match up a guy who started working in the brewery industry at 20-years-old and a woman who majored in marketing, graphics, studied business and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit? A brewery of course! The husband and wife team Daniel and Deborah Carey are the owners of New Glarus Brewing Co., which was founded in 1993 when Deborah Carey raised the capital to start it as a gift to her husband. Coincidentally, as founder of the brewery, she became the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the United States.
First released in 2001, the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red is one of New Glarus' most popular beers, and is brewed with one pound of whole Montmorency cherries, wheat, Hallertau hops and Belgian barley before being lagered in oak tanks for close to a year. According to the brewery, the 4 percent ABV fruit beer uses an equivalent of over 1 pound of cherries is used in every 750ml bottle, and is available year-round in around the state of Wisconsin.
In 1993, Deborah Carey gave her husband about the best gift anyone reading this site could imagine. No, she did not give him the perfect beer glass. Instead, she gave Dan Carey, a former production supervisor for Anheuser-Busch, his own brewery: New Glarus Brewery.