Archive for October, 2011


FRANKENMUTH BREWERY BEER TASTING!

Join us on Saturday, October 29th at Sylvan Lanes for some Bowling and Beer! From 6pm-9pm, come try our brews while you bowl. No cover charge, and if you like what you taste, beers will be available for $3. See you there!

We will be offering 5 of our Frankenmuth Brewery favorites:
American Blonde Ale
Hefeweizen
Pilsener
Batch 69 IPA
Red Sky Ale

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Frankenmuth Brewery spent this past Saturday at the 3rd Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival in Eastern Market. Beautiful weather, an enthusiastic sold-out crowd, and over 300 different beers made for a memorable afternoon! We’re already looking forward to next year….
Check out our Detroit Beer Festival highlight video and accompanying pictures below.

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We at Frankenmuth Brewery decided to craft an event at our brewery specifically for beer bloggers in Michigan. On Thursday, October 20, 2011, bloggers from all over the state of Michigan attended for a private tour and enjoyed a 6-course menu featuring fabulous Frankenmuth beer pairings!

Blogger Event Invitiation    Brew House

Haithem Sarafa greeted the beer bloggers with a warm welcome to the brewery.  The private tour began in the Brew House, where brew master Jeff Coon revealed the method to his beer-making madness.  He educated the beer bloggers on how craft beer is made in the brewery.

Following the tour was a perfectly paired six-course menu, made specifically for the event.  Each course consisted of a Frankenmuth Beer alongside a delectable dinner plate.  Jeff and the Brewery chefs developed the menu together, making sure each beer and food pairing complemented one another perfectly. The 6-course menu was as follows:

  1. Red Sky Ale, paired with Alpine Canape. Herb goat cheese and mushroom crostini, drizzled with a savory mushroom demi.
  2. Batch 69 IPA, paired with a shrimp and lobster gumbo. A traditional creole specialty with the brewer’s touch.
  3.  Frankenmuth Pilsener, paired with bleu cheese stuffed figs wrapped with bacon and prosciutto, drizzled with a mint raspberry vinaigrette on a bed of fresh greens.
  4. American blonde Ale paired with melon sorbet topped with pineapple compote!
  5. Munich Style Dunkel Lager paired with Elk flambeed with brandy, atop caramelized parsnips with a red currant and mushroom reduction. An edible flower too!
  6. Hefeweizen Ale alongside a Toffee Fig Creme Brulee.  A traditional French dessert with a caramelized sugar glass lid topped off with figs and toffee pieces.
Menu

Menu

Red Sky Ale

Red Sky Ale

Batch 69 IPA

Batch 69 IPA

Munich Style Dunkel Lager

Munich Style Dunkel Lager

Frankenmuth Brewery Chefs

Frankenmuth Brewery Chefs

The feedback from the meal was so outstanding, many of the dishes may even be added to the restaurant’s normal menu!  Head chef Taffy Cline shared a recipe from the Brewery menu with the beer bloggers, that uses Frankenmuth beer as an ingredient. Try it for yourself at home!

FRANKENMUTH BREWERY FRENCH ONION SOUP

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbs. veg oil
  • 2 Tbs. Ground Fresh Garlic
  • 5 lbs. yellow onion- each julienned
  • 2 whole dried bay leaves
  • 2 Tbs. Dried Oregano
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 gallon of beef stock
  • 1 pint Franknemuth Brewery Dunkel beer

Directions

First you will want to Julienne all of the onions first. Then in a large pot pour in the vegetable oil, garlic and bay leaves. When the oil is hot put in the onions and stir it up to coat the onions. (If you feel you need a little more oil the go ahead but sparingly). Cover the pot with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil to help sweat the onions. Sautee the onions until they are all browned. (As they begin to brown they will go very quickly, so turn down your heat). After all of the onions have turned brown, make a whole in the onions to see the bottom of the pan. Pour in the red wine. The red wine should sizzle as it goes in and this will also help to loosen all of the wonderful flavors that were on the pan. Let the wine reduce slightly and then add the beef stock and the oregano. Now, if you like your soup to be thick with onions; cut back on the amount of stock, and if you like more broth then add more stock. Let the stock begin to simmer and then turn your fire down to low and add the Dunkel beer. The soup itself is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165* F. Pour into a bowl, top with croutons, top the bowl with your choice or swill, provolone, Gruyere or even mozzarella cheese. Place in broiler part of oven until cheese us just turning brown and serve.

Note:
After you add the beer you will want to taste it as you keep going. Sometimes the beer may reduce too much and then become over bearing. Always taste your foods as you cook: Remember- you can always add more ingredients but you can not take them out.

View the photo gallery on our Frankenmuth Brewery Facebook page for more event photos!

Brew Master Jeff Coon

Brew Master Jeff Coon

Shoutout to Michigan Beer Blog, I’m a Beer Hound, and Motor City Brew Tours!

I'm a Beer Hound

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Somewhere along the road from casual beer drinker to avid beer enthusiast, one must understand the key elements of beer. Among these basics: what is the difference between ales and lagers? Generally this is one of the first steps on the journey toward aficionado status. If you haven’t already, why not take that step with us now, and let Frankenmuth Brewery explain the difference between the ales and lagers.

In comparing ales and lagers, color and alcohol content don’t really factor in. The main thing we’re concerned with is yeast. The type of yeast used will effect which ingredients and techniques can be used in the brewing process.

Ales are top-fermented at warm temperatures, usually between 60-75 degrees. At this temperature, yeast tends to mature and ferment faster, sometimes in as little as a week. Lagers, on the other hand, are bottom-fermented at 45-59 degrees, which generally takes much longer. In fact, the word lager comes from the German word lagern, which means “to store”.

As the name suggestions, the yeast in the top-fermented ales rises to the top of the brew during fermentation. And as you might’ve guessed, bottom-fermented lagers are just the opposite. Because of the fast and warm fermentation, many consider ales have a stronger, bolder taste. Lagers are considered to have a smoother, cleaner taste.

There’s even a difference in how these beers are traditionally served. Ales are considered to be best at “cellar temperature”, between 50-55 degrees. Lagers should be much colder, at a crisp 40-45 degrees.

Frankenmuth Beer

Those are the principle differences between ales and lagers. Now that you’re on the road to worldly beer connoisseur status, don’t forget to stop by Frankenmuth Brewery on the way! We’ve got a fine mix of ales and lagers to tempt your taste buds. Among our lagers is the Munich Style Dunkel and our flagship beer, the Pilsner. For ales, we brew the popular Cass River Blonde, Red Sky, Batch 69 IPA, and the Hefeweizen.

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Here at Frankenmuth Brewery, we know every beer enthusiast has a trusty favorite brew or go-to watering hole. But we also know every beer enthusiast is forever on the lookout for new brews or future go-to watering holes to add to their repertoire. Discover the seemingly boundless beer tools that are just a download away with our iPhone beer app awards!

Our Favorite:

UnTappd The best social network, specifically for beer lovers.

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Features:
Frankenmuth Brewery UnTappd

  • Keep track of your beer activities and share them with your friends
  • Upload photos and check-in to share your experiences
  • Get notified about your friends’ comments and toasts
  • Geolocation enabled for tagging locations
  • Twitter, Facebook & Foursquare integration for social sharing
  • Toast and comment on your friends’ beers
  • Unlock an array of cool beer badges
Check out Frankenmuth Brewery on UnTappd, and let your friends know when and where you are drinking a Frankenmuth beer!

 

 

 

 

Runner-Up:

Pintley Learns from your past ratings and taste to discover beers you’ll love with recommendations

Pintley

Honorable Mentions:

Happy Houred Helps you search for food and drink deals based on your location, time and interest

Happy HouredHappy Houred

iLoveBeer: Zythology Finds the best meal pairings to complement your beer

BrewGene Track and rate which beers you like or dislike, discover which beers to order based on personal preferences, and more

Beer Counter Keeps track of how many beers you consume

Guinness Pub Finder  Does just that… Finds you a pint of Guinness at a pub nearby

Find Craft Beer Locates a place near you to find a nice craft beer

Beer Match Creates a beer, food and cheese pairing

Drink Fit Watching your figure? This app provides nutritional information for your favorite drinks

Beeryby (sounds like ‘nearby’) Keeps track of all the beers you drink at the bar

Gallagher’s Beer Guide Helps you discover esser know gems when you’re at the bar and don’t know what to order or in the store and clueless in the aisles

iBeers Pro Database with over 2700 beers from all over the world

iBrewMaster Recipe sharing network that allows you to upload, share and browse other users’ brew recipes

BeerStat Tracks the beer you drink and how much you spend

BeerUniverse Explore, rate and review beer on the go

The Beer Bible Browse through the beers of hundreds of breweries and get their history and other information

Beer Battery Monitors your mobile phone battery life with a beer image showing the charge

Bonus:

A nice list of Blood Alcohol Content apps that help you decide if you need that taxi or designated driver. Most allow you to input your gender, age, weight, height, and detailed drink information.

 

Which is your favorite iPhone beer app? Did we leave any out? Happy Beer Hunting!

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Last month we asked our loyal Frankenmuth Brewery Facebook fans for their best recipes that include our favorite ingredient: beer! The response was so overwhelming that we decided to keep the discussion going with a little added incentive: A FRANKENMUTH BREWERY PRIZE PACKAGE including a t-shirt, magnets, stickers, and a full set of coasters!
Use the comment section below to submit recipes for your beer dish specialties to be entered into the contest.

  • Entries must be received by October 28, 5:00 PM, EST.
  • Please be as thorough as possible with all ingredient measurements and preparations.
  • And of course, this means including your favorite Frankenmuth Beer: Hefeweizen Ale, Munich Style Dunkel Lager, Pilsener, Red Sky Ale, American Blonde Ale, Batch 69 American IPA, or Oktoberfest!

Cooking with Frankenmuth Beer

“In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria.”

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There is no man more qualified to explain how craft beer is made than Jeff Coon, Brewmaster at Frankenmuth Brewery. The second oldest brewery in the country, Frankenmuth Brewery has been beer brewing on the same site in Frankenmuth, Michigan since 1862. Watch this informative how to brew walkthrough to learn the basics of beer making!

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