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Creative Holiday Gifts for the Beer Snob

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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.

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.

Two Great Seasonal Beers for this Winter

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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.

World Beer Championships

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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!

Beverage Testing Institute

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.
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended)
CATEGORY: Weizen Hefe, Ale


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.
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended)
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.
RATING: 87 points (Highly Recommended)
CATEGORY: Dark Lager, Lager


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.
RATING: 87 points (Highly Recommended)
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.
RATING: 86 points (Highly Recommended)
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.
RATING: 83 points (Recommended)
CATEGORY: Irish Style Ale, Ale

Which style is your favorite?

Frankenmuth's Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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!


Michigan: The Great Beer State

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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


How to Open a Beer with No Bottle Opener

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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.


One of Our Favorite Beer Dishes: Frankenmuth French Onion Soup

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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!





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).


Frankenmuth: The Original Michigan Microbrewery

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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.

Ten of the Best Books on Beer

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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.


Frankenmuth Brewery Events | November 2011

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

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


Brewmaster for a Day at Frankenmuth Brewery

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Learn from the experts at Frankenmuth Brewery on how to brew your own Craft Beer! Brewmaster for a Day


If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work in a brewery and create craft brews, this is your chance! The Frankenmuth Brewery Brewmaster for a Day program includes an in-depth tour of the entire brewing operations and hands-on experience in ingredient selection, base malt, specialty malts and hops. Course includes classroom instruction on the history of brewing, the brewing process, yeast & fermentation techniques, sensory experience and quality control measures.

After making their beer, the newly-certified Brewmasters can return in a month with their buddies to sample their very own brew. Because they have had a hand in the production process, the brew students can return to the brewery when the beer they helped make is ready to drink. They are provided with a $25 Gift Card for sampling their very own brew on tap!

Frankenmuth Brewery University


All Frankenmuth Brewery University trainees receive:

Typically, two Frankenmuth Brewmaster classes are held each month- one on a Saturday morning and one evening during the week. Cost of the 4-hour class is $195. Sign up for our next class on Saturday, November 12th! Call and register today, as space is limited: 989.262.8300


Dunking Oreos- Not Just for Children

Posted on: November 1st, 2011 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Did you know that dunking Oreos never goes out of style?

Dunking Oreos


At the Michigan Beer Blogger Bash we hosted at Frankenmuth Brewery, Brewmaster Jeff Coon said he believes that beer is actually just adult milk. The secret he swears by? DUNKing your Oreos in Frankenmuth’s Munich Style DUNKEL lager. There is always at least a few packs at the brewery for this reason. Try this one at home, and you will not be disappointed.

Match made in heaven?


Watch highlights from the Blogger Event here: