Archive for November, 2011


Stumped on what to buy your favorite beer snob this holiday season? With this great gift guide, pick out the perfect gift that any beer lover would be glad to receive.

Bottle-in-a-Glass
Real men like to drink beer from the bottle, and now they can without the disapproval of others. Delight any beer lover on your list with this Hopside Down beer glass. You may impress their wives with this gift, too! Get it individually gift boxed.

Hopside Down Beer Glass

Frankenmuth Brewery T-Shirt
Perfect for the guy who likes to show off his beer obsession in different ways. Shirt includes quote, “Beer proves God loves us and wants us to be happy.” This gift will definitely make him happy.

iBottle Opener
A versatile gift for the beer loving iPhone owner. This gift provides the convenience of having a bottle opener and phone protection for a fun night out on the town. Any dedicated beer drinker would enjoy the ability to carry a bottle opener with him at all times.

ibottle opener

Periodic BeEr
This awesome Periodic BeEr t-shirt will blow away the biggest geek on your list. Bring together his two favorite things: beer and chemistry. And everyone will know, he is what he wears.

Krups Beer Tender 
The perfect gift for Heineken drinkers. This tabletop beer system is designed to tap a five-liter Heineken mini keg and can keep the beer fresh for up to 30 days. Great idea for those who like to throw small dinner parties with beer on the menu, of course.

Krups Beer Trender

Beer Bottle Opener Ring
A unique bottle opener perfect for the fashionable beer snob on your list. Give a gift he will love, hands down!

Flash Drive Bottle Opener 
A beer loving tech geek’s dream come true. Advance to the top of his “best gift-givers” list with this flash drive bottle opener. The perfect gift for someone who works hard and plays harder.

flash drive bottle opener

Black Light Beer Pong Balls
Forget traditional beer pong; please the gamer on your list with these cool beer pong balls. These neon colored plastic balls glow under a black light, taking beer-drinking games to a whole new level.

The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
A great gift for the hardcore beer snob. This book reveals how beer is made and its history, as well as a display of exquisite beer flavors from all of the world. Beer lovers will love to read how to pair beer with any meal. And, they may even prepare a delicious meal for you!

The Brewmaster's Table

Gift Basket
Combine the smaller gifts listed above and create the perfect all-in-one gift basket. This creative yet simple gift will be sure to amaze the receiver. Don’t want to put it together yourself? This Craft Beer and Snacks Basket includes everything the beer fanatic on your list would love. You can even customize the ribbon with a personal message!

With all these cool and creative gift ideas sure to please any beer snob, you will have less one person to worry about buying the perfect gift for this holiday season.

Pin It

With winter approaching, it’s time seasonal beers make their appearance. We’ve already covered the perfect beers for Thanksgiving, so now we’ll tackle the winter months.

Brewing beer specific to the season is a tradition that goes as far back as the 14th century, depending on the style of beer. Frankenmuth Brewery draws from these traditions to craft brews that are designed rich and full bodied for winter.

Bocks and Porters are common. These winter warmers are dark English ales brewed with a high alcohol content meant to warm the cockles on blistery winter nights. They are always robust, sweetened with vanilla or chocolate and spiced with ginger and cinnamon to match the food of the season. Frankenmuth Brewery offers two seasonal beers; the Winter Bock Lager and The Baltic Style Porter.

The Winter Bock Lager is a deep mahogany with a tan head. Rich in character with a full body and malty flavor sweetened with chocolate and caramel. This warm and smooth brew is perfect for sipping while sitting in front of the fire. The Baltic Style Porter is just as smooth. Indigenous to Northern Europe, it’s brewed with a hint of coffee and complemented with dark fruit and raisin for a bold flavor.

Baltic Style Porter

The best part of winter is the variety of seasonal beers that go along with it. White Ales and Bocks, Porters and Stouts. They’re all good, and Frankenmuth Brewery has you covered.

Pin It

We at Frankenmuth Brewery entered 6 of our delicious beers into the World Beer Championships done by the Beverage Testing Institute. Check out the full results on tastings.com!

Beverage Testing Institute

Hefeweizen
Light banana bread, cracker, and delicate spice aromas and flavors with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a grain and plantain custard finish. very nice hefe.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.2%
CATEGORY: Weizen Hefe, Ale

 

Pilsener
Aromas of dried lemon, root vegetable and white toffee with a round, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy,citrus pastry and peppercorn finish. A rock solid pilsner.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3%
CATEGORY: Pilsner, Lager

 

Munich Style Dunkel
Copper brown color. Aromas of toasted date bread, mocha and roasted nuts with a soft, frothy medium body and a tangy, cocoa-dusted orange rind, grilled bread,and leafy greens-like hop finish.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal
RATING: 87 points (Highly Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.1%
CATEGORY: Dark Lager, Lager

 

Oktoberfest
Amber color. Fruity Brach’s caramel aromas with hints of buckwheat honey on rye toast. Soft and frothy with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and dried citrus and peach and peppered turnip accented finish. An easy going food beer.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal
RATING: 87 points (Highly Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3%
CATEGORY: Vienna Märzen, Lager

 

American Blonde Ale
Old gold color. Aromas of orange cake and almond brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grain and pepper finish.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal
RATING: 86 points (Highly Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.8%
CATEGORY: American Golden Ale, Ale

 

Red Sky Ale
Reddish copper color. Aromas of caramelized nuts,buttered raisin toast, and pepper with a crisp, supple, dryish medium body and a dried fruit and kale accented finish. A nice food beer.
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Bronze Medal
RATING: 83 points (Recommended)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3%
CATEGORY: Irish Style Ale, Ale

Which style is your favorite?

Pin It

Hours and sometimes days of preparation can go into executing the proper Thanksgiving feast. But one element you needn’t worry about this year: Thanksgiving beer. Frankenmuth Brewery has got that base covered for you.

Making the proper beer and food pairings should always be a consideration for any craft beer enthusiast. And on what is certainly the most extensive day of feasting in the American calendar year, finding the right brews to compliment the bazillion dishes on your dining room table should be a top priority. As beer columnist Dan Oliver puts it, “If you plan to grab any old six-pack of beer on the way to your Thanksgiving celebration, you really aren’t planning, are you?”

For a traditional turkey Thanksgiving dinner, your plate will be piled high with heavy, filling foods. Naturally, you’ll want to avoid pairing a hop-heavy beer with bite. Instead, opt for a crisp brew that will cleanse your pallet and won’t weigh you down. The Frankenmuth Pilsner comes to mind. Alternatively, rather than a pallet-scrubbing selection, you may also consider a beer that would interact more with the various food flavors. Frankenmuth Red Sky Irish Ale, for example. While you do run the risk of adding more body to an already heavy meal, the taste combination could prove to be very rewarding if balanced correctly.

If you manage to make it through the main course without slipping into a food coma, you’ll also have to find the right beer to pair with Thanksgiving dessert. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, lemon meringue pie, butterscotch pie… It doesn’t matter what pie. The clean, mellow finish of the Frankenmuth American Blonde Ale can crossover with just about any pairing you throw at it. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, the sweet hint of banana in the Frankenmuth Hefeweizen works especially well when paired with a big slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie.

Whatever direction you take your Thanksgiving beer pairings this year, we hope your holiday is especially happy (and hoppy). At Frankenmuth Brewery, we’re thankful for all of you who make room on the table for Michigan’s original craft beer.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Frankenmuth Brewery!

(more…)

Pin It

Michigan may be known nationally as The Great Lakes State, but each year more and more craft beer enthusiasts lovingly refer to the mitten as The Great Beer State. And with good reason.

Last year, Michigan ranked fifth in the nation in terms of overall breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. In fact, of the 1716 craft breweries operating in the U.S., nearly 100 of them call Michigan home.

Sure, this is great for fans of homegrown brew, but it’s also huge for the long-struggling Michigan economy. The companies behind the Michigan beer industry pay out more than $24 million in wages with a total economic contribution of over $133 million to The Great Beer State. A recent survey also noted that Michigan breweries are increasing production and investing in expansions to the tune of over $70 million. On the consumer side, local craft beer sales have nearly doubled in Michigan supermarkets since 2007, jumping from $11.2 million to $22 million last year.

Among Michigan’s most popular craft breweries is Frankenmuth Brewery. They boast the title of Michigan’s Oldest Craft Beer, operating on the same site in Frankenmuth, Michigan for the last 150 years. At Frankenmuth, they understand the importance of stimulating the local economy to keep their industry thriving. That’s why they stock the Frankenmuth Brewery Restaurant with house breads from a local bakery and produce from local farmers. Not to mention their enlistment of over 100 employees to keep day-to-day operations humming.

Craft beer is big business, especially in The Great Beer State. Take a look at this convenient infographic for a crash course in Michigan’s craft beer boom.

The State of Craft Beer in the State of Michigan

(more…)

Pin It

If you’re one of those people who refuses to drink beer from anything but a bottle (I’m guilty), then you have probably wondered how to open a beer with no bottle opener. And considering the majority of all craft beer (and all Frankenmuth Brewery beer) is packaged in glass bottles with no twist-off cap, you need to be fully prepared in case you encounter such a situation.  Here are a few ways to open a beer with no bottle opener:

Tips for the Amateur:

1. Teeth-  It’s one of the easiest techniques, and also one of the easiest ways to ruin your pearly whites. It definitely works, but skip it.
2. Lighter- Even if you aren’t a smoker, you’re bound to have one of these laying around.
3. Keys- These little guys can do more than start your car or let you inside.
4. Tools- Your garage is a prime location for impromptu beer bottle openers! Hammers, screwdrivers… They all get the job done.
5. Kitchen Utensils-  Knives, serving spoons and forks all work, as long as they’re metal.
6. Office Supplies- Stapler removers and scissors are two simple solutions to the no bottle opener dilemma.
7. Reef Sandals- Go buy a pair. Whether your at the beach or on a boat, these handy flip flops have a bottle opener on the sole!

reef bottle opener

Tips for the Daring:
8. Another beer bottle-  With the right angle and leverage, you can use one bottle cap to remove another!
9. Belt Buckle- If you didn’t break the bank on it, try a belt buckle to break the bottle cap off.
10. Ice Skates- Hold the bottle at an angle and thrust the sharp edge of an ice skate up under the bottle cap where it meets the neck. (Disclaimer: Make sure you do this AWAY from your body. No promises that you wont break the glass or slice off your finger in the process.)
11. Ring- You can use that little piece of metal on your finger to pop a cap off. (Ladies, I would leave this one to the guys.)
12. Any hard edge- Hold the bottle cap up against a hard edge just to the lip is on top of it. With a powerful downward thrust, you can open your beer.

Watch this video for 20 Ways to Open a Beer With No Bottle Opener! Entertaining to say the least.

 

Pin It

Pairing the right beer with the right meal is a skill. But incorporating the right beer into the right recipe is an art. That’s why we consulted Frankenmuth Brewery’s Executive Chef/Food Artist Extraordinaire, Taffy Cline for the recipe to one of our favorite beer dishes. Bon appétit!

FRANKENMUTH 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 Munich Style Dunkel Lager

Directions

  • First you will want to Julienne all of the onions.
  • 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, coating the onions. (If you feel you need a little more oil the go ahead, but use sparingly).
  • Cover the pot with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil to help sweat the onions.
  • Saute 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 so you can 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 the broiler part of oven until the cheese is just turning brown.
  • Serve!

Note

After you add the beer, you will want to taste it before you keep going. Sometimes the beer may reduce too much and become overbearing. Always taste your foods as you cook. Remember: you can always add more ingredients but you cannot take them out.

Frankenmuth Restaurant Kitchen Staff

Frankenmuth Kitchen Staff w/ Executive Chef Taffy Cline (far right).

(more…)

Pin It

In 2012, the storied Frankenmuth Brewery will be 150-years-old. In anticipation of this monumental occasion, we decided to take a brief look at the history of the original Michigan microbrewery.
The Frankenmuth story begins in 1857 when John Matthias Falliers founded the first brewery in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Five years later in 1862, William Knaust and Martin Heubisch opened the Cass River Brewery just north of the Falliers’ Frankenmuth site. In 1874, Johann Geyer purchased the Cass River Brewery from Knaust and Heubisch, eventually renaming it Frankenmuth Brewing Co.


The brewery remained in the Geyer family for the next 112 years before being sold to a German businessman named Ferdinand Schumacher. Tragically, the brewery was nearly burned to the ground just one year after Schumacher purchased it. Some of the original structure was salvaged and by 1990, Frankenmuth was sold to Randall Heine.
Heine was able to steer Frankenmuth back on track, eventually hitting a production peak of 30,000 barrels distributed across 25 states in 1996. Then, on June 21, 1996 tragedy struck again. This time, in the form of an F3 tornado that tore into the brewery causing millions of dollars in damage. Frankenmuth Brewery was essentially crippled until 2003 when a brew pub was opened, only to be closed three years later when the Heine family was denied a loan necessary to keep the brewery open.
In January 2009, Haithem and Anmar Sarafa purchased Frankenmuth Brewery and had it back up and running by that summer. Today, the brewery and adjoining restaurant are bustling once more, making Frankenmuth not only Michigan’s longest running craft brewery, but also one of its most celebrated.
(more…)

Pin It

An educated beer enthusiast is a happy beer enthusiast. Pad your beer library with these ten books ranging from subjects like beer history, homebrewing, and food-pairing. Get to know the world’s favorite drink in a whole new way.

 

Beer Companion
Beer Companion

By Michael Jackson
The other Michael Jackson, author of The New World Guide to Beer, continues his scholarly pursuit of all things beer. He combines historical anecdotes with contemporary beers and breweries resulting in, as the title suggests, a definitive beer companion.

 

Tasting Beer
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

By Randy Mosher
An extensive study of the world’s most popular drink. Learn how to identify different beers by scent, color and flavor, as well as proper serving, food pairing, and storage practices. It also comes complete with style-by-style compendium of the various brews within each of the major beer families.

 

The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food

By Garrett Oliver
Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver makes a fascinating and delicious argument for why “real” beer is the perfect compliment to any meal. Forget the mass-market variety brews. Follow Oliver as he takes you on a tour through the wide range of flavors found in beers from around the world.

 

How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time
How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time

By John Palmer
An easy to understand step-by-step guide to beer brewing for the laymen who’s ready to take beer enthusiasm to the next level.

 

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

By Charles Papazian
An extensive and trusted guide to homebrewing, courtesy of American Homebrewer’s Association founder Charlie Papazian. Recently expanded and revised to start you up and keep you brewing.

 

A Year of Beer: 260 Seasonal Homebrew Recipes
A Year of Beer: 260 Seasonal Homebrew Recipes

By Amahl Turczyn
Once you’ve gotten the hang of homebrewing, this helpful recipe book will guide you through producing 260 different seasonal brews. From extract to all-grain, for brewers of all skill levels.

 

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

By Maureen Ogle
The definitive history of American beer, from the wave of German immigrants who brought with them their passion for biergartens to the invention of American-style lager to the complexities of Prohibition to the present day, and everything important beer moment in between.

 

Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in Belgian Tradition
Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in Belgian Tradition

By Phil Markowski
A close study of the evolution and refinement of ales, from the old world classics to the modern day reproductions.

 

Bavarian Lager: Beerhall Helles History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
Bavarian Lager: Beerhall Helles History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes

By Horst Dornbusch
Required reading for German beer lovers. A great balance of history, technical details and recipes of these classic lagers.

 

The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich
The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich

By Larry Hawthorne
An extensive guide to the best biergartens in the beer drinking capital of the world. Get a full look at more than 70 of Munich’s best watering holes, brew pubs, and beer halls. Also included is a chapter on Oktoberfest and other German beer festivals. Beer enthusiasts planning to visit the Beer City will also get some extra bang for their buck with the enclosed beer coupons from some of the area’s most renowned beer spots.

(more…)

Pin It

Want to know what’s happening at Frankenmuth Brewery this month? Here are a few events you don’t want to miss. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Back by Popular Demand! Encore Performance. Bavarian Music & Schuplatt’n with Da Frankenmuda Fratz’n. Starts at 6pm.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Become a Brewmaster for a Day and learn how to make craft beer from the experts. From 8am to 12 noon. Seating is limited. Call 989-262-8300 today. Visit Frankenmuth Brewery to learn more!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Blues and Brews Bash on the Cass! Chicago Blues Legend, Larry McCray performs Live at the Brewery. Showtime 8pm. Ticket price $20.

Larry McCray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget about out Free Brewery Tours! Take a 20 minute tour and see the entire brewing process! Take a look at our specials below for Daily Deals and more!

 

Frankenmuth Specials

 

Pin It
<--- Google analytics code begin ---> <--- Google analytics code end --->