Archive for March, 2013


cookiesandbeer

Spring has finally sprung and that means imbibing some delicious Girl Scout cookies and beer from our brewery. You might be saying, “Cookies and beer? That’s crazy.” However, after reading our delicious pairings below, you might have second thoughts when you see your neighborhood scout headed to your door. (more…)

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As Frankenmuth Brewery has evolved, so has the artwork on some of our best beer labels. Previously we took a look at some of our favorite labels from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, but now we are headed back even further. We have brought together some classic artwork from the 1930s through the 1950s to help illustrate just how the brewery has changed over the years. With our German tradition still intact, the labels continue to be highly stylized pieces of beer artwork.

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If you haven’t been keeping tabs, your favorite beers from Frankenmuth Brewery can now be found at several specialty grocery stores in Michigan. While you’re grabbing brews from your favorite Michigan brewery, check out our grocery store guide to make the perfect food and beer pairings during your next shopping trip. (more…)

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ChocolateBeerGlass1A chocolate beer glass. Sounds like something invented by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, right? While it may seem as fictional as Willy Wonka, Japanese brewery Sankt Gallen has produced the first entirely chocolate beer mug in a limited edition batch.

The benefit of pairing a chocolate beer glass with your favorite beverages from Michigan breweries, including Frankenmuth Brewery, goes beyond the edible cup. The deliciously sweet chocolate glass can counteract the bitterness that accompanies certain brews and, additionally, enrich the complex flavors of others.

Pairing chocolate with beer is nothing new. Since cacao beans were first brought back to Europe in 1585, they were utilized as inspiration for creating new types of beers. Using darker malts, brewers were able to recreate chocolate flavors in their new beers.

While Sankt Gallen’s chocolate beer glass might not have hit the United States just yet, you can still have fun pairing chocolate with brews. Two beers from our brewery that team extremely well with the dark stuff are the Hefeweizen Ale and Munich Style Dunkel Lager. Our Hefewezien brew is a wheat ale that has natural flavor notes that hint at a banana taste. Can you say “chocolate covered bananas?”  As for the Munich Dunkel, the malts of this Michigan beer will transform your beer and chocolate experience.

Drinking craft beer from our Michigan brewery is all about finding flavors that work well together to please your palette. Head to your local grocery store, pick up some different kinds of chocolate and try pairing them with our aforementioned seasonal beers to find your favorite combination. You never know what new flavor combination you’ll unleash on your tastebuds with some good old fashioned beer and chocolate.

 

 

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As any good craft beer connoisseur knows, the Irish Stout Ale is the only green beverage that should be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day. While it may only be green at heart, the flavor is highly recommended over the more colorful beers typically imbibed this time of year. (more…)

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Forget what you’ve heard about working with shellfish before. The trickiest thing about pulling off a beer and mussels recipe is finding the right microbrew from your favorite breweries in Michigan for the task. As always, we have you covered with just the right brew for the job. (more…)

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Real ski bunnies drink beer, not hot chocolate! After skiing the slopes at Boyne Mountain Resort — don’t snuggle by the fire — head to the base of the slopes for the fourth annual Brew-Ski Festival on Saturday, March 9. It’s the perfect chance to check out some beverages from your favorite beer makers including our Michigan brewery. (more…)

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Take a look at the beer flavor wheel below. Beautiful, isn’t it? Scientists have identified more than 1,000 flavors in beer. However, even the most experienced taster can recognize only a paltry 100 of them.

Now, thanks to this new beer flavor wheel, the casual taster can differentiate the flavors and aromas of beers from Michigan breweries by their source. Showing how the typical brew ingredients (hops, yeast, water, and grain), affect a beer’s flavor, this graphic details how a beverage becomes hoppy, malty, fruity and bitter. Follow along to find out how lagers like our Munich Style Dunkel Lager and ales like the American Blonde Ale get their distinct taste.

The original beer flavor wheel was created in the 1970s by brewing chemist Dr. Morten Meilgaar. Offering a new vocabulary for beer drinkers everywhere, the graphic has continued to grow bigger as the brewing industry has become more and more complex. Give the wheel a spin during your next tasting and test its accuracy at breweries in Michigan. Do you taste the bananas and cloves in our Hefeweizen Ale? What about the hints of pine in our Batch 69 American-Style IPA? Discover more about the brews you love by finding out about the unique work and thought that goes into every single batch of our Michigan craft beer.

 

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While we attempt to survive the waning days of winter, we’re aiming to please your bellies with our new beer chili recipe. Warm up by grabbing some quality chili ingredients, beer from our brewery in Michigan and hitting the kitchen to make this hearty dish.

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