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Michigan’s Best Craft Beer Spreads Across The US

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Frankenmuth Brewery, the home of Michigan’s best craft beer, continues to grow, spreading throughout two new states, Florida and Ohio. For those of you that have been asking where to find our product in these states, we have some exciting details on the newest Ohio and Florida locations where you can pick up beers from our Michigan brewery.

Thank You, Beer! Celebrates Michigan Beer History

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

In early October of this year, Frankenmuth Brewery took part in the opening of an extraordinary exhibit called Thank You, Beer! at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Detailing the history of Michigan beer and the brewing process itself, Thank You, Beer! gave brew connoisseurs a better understanding of how the beverage has had a lasting impact on the Mitten State.

Thanksgiving Beer Pairings To Be Thankful For

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Thanksgiving is coming, the turkey’s getting fat, something, something… we forget how the rest of the song goes, but Frankenmuth Brewery is truly thankful that the holiday season has begun. In celebration of the feasting and festivities, our Michigan brewery has paired some of our beers with traditional courses. We hope that you’ll try some of the brewery’s best beers at your family’s annual dinner. (more…)

Enjoy Thanksgiving, Beer And A Feast With Frankenmuth Brewery

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

As you lay in bed on Thanksgiving Eve, with visions of turkey trotting through your head, remember that your family is looking forward to celebrating all day with you tomorrow. Of course, we’re talking about your family at Frankenmuth Brewery! Come join in our Thanksgiving beer feast that will have you stuffed seven ways to Sunday with culinary delights and our classic Michigan beer.

Specially prepared by the fantastic Frankenmuth Brewery kitchen staff, we will be expanding on our traditional menu fare with essential menu choices specific to the holiday. Kick off your Thanksgiving beer feast with corn on the cob, homemade stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy. Your main course selections of turkey or ham will rival mom’s and even make you wonder if she is back in the brewery’s kitchen preparing the meal for you.

Before capping off your meal with a piece of our indulgent apple, pecan or pumpkin pie, consider the Michigan beer selections you will be able to make throughout your meal. Seasonal brews like the Harvest Ale and Winter Bock will remind you of all the delicious scents and tastes that November and December have to offer. Additionally, Frankenmuth Brewery staples like Munich Style Dunkel Lager and Red Sky Ale will provide hearty beer pairing choices for our delicious Thanksgiving beer feast.

Visit Frankenmuth Brewery for a Thanksgiving beer and an amazing meal menu like no other this holiday season. Leave the cooking and cleaning up to us, and indulge in our holiday feast, which only costs $14.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. Frankenmuth Brewery will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and we will be serving our famous Michigan beer all day. From our Frankenmuth Brewery family to yours, “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Frankenmuth Brewery Flies South as Michigan’s Original Craft Beer Flows into South East Florida

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Frankenmuth Brewery is taking Michigan’s Original craft beer to Southeast Florida. Get ready snowbirds and craft beer lovers, Frankenmuth Brewery’s “Das Good Bier,” will be available in the Sunshine State from Indian River County down to the Keys!

The Brewery linked up with Florida’s finest distribution companies in Southern Eagle, Double Eagle and the emerging Brother’s Beverage Co. Distribution covering nine counties in all. The initial market rollout will be led with five styles of Frankenmuth beer; Pilsener, Batch 69, American IPA, American Blonde, Munich Dunkel and a seasonal favorite Oktoberfest!

Southern Eagle will be servicing accounts in six counties; Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, part of Palm Beach (west side,) the northeast corner of Hendry, and southeast corner of Glades. You can find your favorite Frankenmuth brews at key accounts such as; ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine – Spirits Beer & More, and Crown Wine & Spirits.

Brother’s Beverage Co. has been tapped to cover distribution in four counties; part of Palm Beach (east side,) Broward (south of State Road 84,) Dade, and Monroe.

Double Eagle has its focus set on Broward County, north of Alligator Alley.

According to the US Census in 2010, more than 21,000 Florida residents were Michigan residents the year before. Frankenmuth Brewery is hoping to tap into this extensive home front support to help drive enthusiasm and brand awareness throughout the state.

Frankenmuth Brewery craft beer can now be found in six states including; Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Florida! Detailed information about the brews is available on the Frankenmuth website at and up to date activities can also be found on our Facebook Fan Page or by following us on Twitter @FB1862.


Beer Glazed Ham Knocks Turkey Out Of Thanksgiving Contention

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

As long as there has been a Thanksgiving meal to plan, there’s been an intense battle between turkey and ham for the title of supreme beast on so-called “Turkey Day.” Sure, turkey might have been at the original Thanksgiving feast, but ham is no slouch in the taste department. This year, Frankenmuth Brewery offers a beer glazed ham recipe to finally end the debate on which dish reigns supreme. This time, ham means business.

Frankenmuth Brewery’s beer glazed ham may not be the most complicated recipe, but the choice of which Michigan beer to use throughout the roasting process is essential. The Munich Style Dunkel Lager is sure to lend mighty fine flavor notes to the ham, as it delivers an impactful taste from our use of German Noble hops. The sweet malt and slight bitterness will implant this beer glazed ham into your memory for Thanksgivings to come.

Frankenmuth Brewery Beer Glazed Ham

1 Bone-In Ham
2 Bottles of Munich Style Dunkel Lager
20 Ounces of Sliced Pineapple

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
2. Remove skin from ham and score fat with a knife in a diamond design.
3. Baste Michigan beer onto the ham and attach pineapple rings with toothpicks all over the ham.
4. Bake the ham for 18 to 24 minutes per pound of the animal. After the first hour and a half of uncovered baking, take the ham out and baste again with more Munich Dunkel.
5. Place the ham back in the oven for another hour before another Michigan beer basting session. Continue to baste throughout the cooking process to ensure that the ham doesn’t dry out and has the maximum taste possible.
6. Let the ham sit 15 minutes before serving.

Turkey might be the meat that gets all the attention on Thanksgiving, but Frankenmuth Brewery’s beer glazed ham is sure to alter more than a few opinions on the subject. Enjoy your time off with your family, watch a parade or two and make sure to keep basting your ham with Michigan beer!


Say, “I Brew” With A Brewery Wedding At Frankenmuth

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

brewery-weddingSpecial occasions like weddings are meant to create memories that last a lifetime. Helping to craft such memories for brew lovers, Frankenmuth Brewery is now offering a hosting place for all of your special events including brewery weddings, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, office parties and more. Don’t just say “I do,” say “I brew!”

Providing complete access to our line of seasonal specialties and year-round brews, holding your event at Frankenmuth Brewery is the perfect idea for anyone who is obsessed with Michigan beer. Whether you’d like to celebrate your anniversary with a Munich Dunkel or drink Frankenmuth Pilseners with your high school friends at a class reunion, Frankenmuth Brewery offers the venue and the beer to make your occasion extremely memorable.

Offering both intimate settings for small parties and banquet style rooms for large gatherings, Frankenmuth Brewery has event accommodations for housing around 275 guests. Additionally, Frankenmuth Brewery offers outdoor seating on our three patios overlooking the Cass River, which are perfect for birthday parties, anniversaries and any other special occasion in need of an extremely special location.

As one of the premier restaurants in Frankenmuth, our brewery has an eclectic menu of American food that is perfect for any event. Frankenmuth Brewery can create a meal plan with Michigan beer paired food that fits the tastes your brewery wedding party, business clients or event guests of any kind. Featuring classics like gourmet mac and cheese, pork loin, shrimp scampi and salmon, there is a meal for all price points and group sizes.

Whether you’re celebrating the inking of a new business deal, a loved one’s birthday or a brewery wedding anniversary, Frankenmuth is the idyllic setting for any type of event. Contact our Frankenmuth Brewery Banquet Sales Manager at 989.262.8300 to set up a consultation for your event, and book our Michigan brewery for your next special occasion.

Give Thanks With Frankenmuth Brewery Beer Stuffing

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks and the time for planning out your Turkey Day meal is now. Want to get more of Frankenmuth Brewery’s Michigan beer into your meal this year? Frankenmuth Brewery is proud to present a recipe for beer stuffing that will make your Thanksgiving extra delicious.

The turkey is the highlight of any Thanksgiving feast and adding a bit of our Michigan beer to the stuffing recipe will make a huge impact. For this beer stuffing recipe, Frankenmuth Brewery suggests using our seasonal Harvest Ale, which will add hints of pine to the flavor and aroma of the bird. Your time to shine in the kitchen is approaching quick! Prepare for game time with our recipe below and be the all-star of your family’s holiday celebration.

Beer Stuffing For Thanksgiving Turkey

beer-stuffing1 cup Frankenmuth Brewery Winter Bock
3 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3 tbsp minced onion
½ cup diced celery
1 cup peeled and diced apples
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp salt
½ tsp finely ground black pepper
5 to 6 cups dry stuffing crumbs
1/3 toasted and chopped walnuts

1. In a large pot, melt butter and add garlic, onion, celery and apple. After covering the pot, allow the ingredients to cook over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add in paprika, pepper, salt, sage and Frankenmuth Brewery Harvest Ale. Allow for the Michigan beer to warm to the temperature of the other ingredients and then stir in breadcrumbs and walnuts. Make sure that the consistency of the mixture is slightly moist, as it will need to be to endure the process of cooking inside the turkey. If it doesn’t seem moist enough, add more Michigan beer.

3. Put the beer stuffing into both ends of the turkey and bake based on the size of your bird.

Cooking the bird might have been a chore before, but with a growler of Frankenmuth Brewery’s Harvest Ale by your side, the process will be a little bit less grueling this year. Celebrate the season with our Michigan beer stuffing recipe and be sure to give thanks for all of the good things that have happened in 2012.

Repinning Pinterest Beer Photos

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

If you keep current on the latest social media trends, then you have no doubt encountered the wild world of Pinterest in your online travels. The photo sharing web site is probably responsible for bringing more than a few unique and creative recipes, projects and designs into your own household. Yet, there is also a lot of love for Pinterest beer photos as well. In fact, many users have uploaded their own images of Frankenmuth Brewery to the site.

Whether you share photos of vintage Frankenmuth bottles, pictures of your family at our Michigan brewery or recipes using our beer, we want to see how you enjoy Frankenmuth Brewery. Follow us on Pinterest so we can include you in our feed and repin your photos to our page.

In the meantime, here are some of our favorite images of Pinterest beer photos that we’ve found so far.

Frankenmuth Pilsener Fondue

Aside from drinking brews, one of our favorite things to do with Michigan beer is include it in new recipes. This Pinterest beer photo captures a recipe from the Michigan Beer Blog for a fantastic fondue. Love meat and cheese? Add some Frankenmuth Brewery beer to that fondue and it will take your recipe to a whole new level.


Dog Gone Good

Little Frankie, the Frankenmuth Brewery dachshund, makes up many of the Pinterest beer photos you will find when searching for our Michigan beer. The lovable little guy is captured here on a vintage poster with the tagline “Dog Gone Good,” reminding you just how tasty and refreshing one of our beers can be during the dog days of any season.


Mel-O-Dry Beer

Straight out of 1954, this Frankenmuth Brewery can of Mel-O-Dry beer is one of our favorite labels from the brewhouse’s history. Featuring a dapperly dressed gentleman with a pint of Frankenmuth beer in his hand, this light lager may now be retired, but the label is so great it must be shared.


Post-1960s Frankenmuth Label

Decked out with an eagle that still is present on our bottle today, this vintage Frankenmuth Brewery label was used on many of our glass bottles after 1960. While we wouldn’t suggest drinking the old beer, these bottles are still readily available through auction sites and easy to add to your collection of Michigan beer bottles.


Frankenmuth Dachshund Chalkware

Made in the 1940s, these miniature Frankie statues can be found in many Pinterest beer photos both for admiring and purchasing. A clean version of the Frankenmuth Brewery pooch with no cracks or wear will go for a mere $30 on most auction sites. Nab a Frankie statue and some Michigan beer from Frankenmuth today!


It’s fairly easy to get lost while sifting through Pinterest beer photos, so pick up some Michigan beer from Frankenmuth Brewery and make time to enjoy viewing vintage and current pictures. Also, be sure to follow us on Pinterest and upload your own Frankenmuth beer photos. Happy pinning!

Classic Michigan Beer Commercials

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

Since the dawn of advertising, creative beer marketing has always found its way onto billboards, print, radio and, of course, the television. While the beer commercial of today has focused more on sexy women and music licensing, the beer ads of yesteryear strived for a more unique approach to the subject.

From jingles and mascots, to humor and a little bit of naïvity, classic breweries in Michigan knew a thing or two about creating a beer commercial. After scouring YouTube for some of favorite classics, we’ve culled together a small list of a few of our favorite Michigan beer advertisements from days gone by.

Goebel Beer – “Surreal Abstract”

Brewed in Detroit from 1873 to 1964, Goebel Beer was known as a tasty light lager that differed from its competitors. The same can be said about this Michigan beer commercial, as it is probably the most unique of all the spots we’ve assembled here.

Hamm’s – “The Land of Sky Blue Waters”

Frankenmuth Brewery’s German beer brethren, Hamm’s became famous for their jingle and their bear beer mascot. Introduced in the early 1950s, the jingle heard in the video that appears here hints that the brew tastes like “lakes and sunset breezes.” While we prefer our beer to taste like… well… beer, this commercial is pretty great anyway.

Stroh’s Beer – “Lost at Sea”

If we were ever stranded at sea, we could imagine living off water and some of our Michigan beer. It could work out, right? The people in the Stroh’s ad department in the 1970s had the same thought of their product as depicted in this classic beer commercial. Don’t worry if you were stuck with us on a boat. We wouldn’t be as annoying as these jokers.

Schlitz – “Tuna!”

While it may not be a Michigan beer by birthplace, many Detroiters have adopted Schlitz as their own since it was once owned by the Stroh Brewing Company. Continuing with our ‘70s era beer commercial sea theme, this ad reminds you that “you only get one crack at life so you look for all the gusto you can.” Are they talking about beer or fish? You decide.

Old Milwaukee Beer – “Log Rolling”

Although associated with Milwaukee, Stroh’s also owned this brewery before it was sold off to Pabst, making it forever connected to the Mitten State. Yet, they didn’t let go of Old Milwaukee before creating this amazing beer commercial called “Log Rolling.” Depicting some good ol’ midwestern boys fighting over beer, this commercial’s acting isn’t superb, but the slowmo ending sure is.

The beer commercial has become as iconic a piece of brewing history as kegs, hops and the brewery itself. When viewed in retrospect, these ads have become part of popular culture and remain just as vibrant as they were back in the day, even if they are a little goofy. Grab a Michigan beer or two from Frankenmuth Brewery to celebrate these classic advertisements by watching them and remembering a simpler time.

Big Development For Beer Foam Lovers

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments

In a recent announcement from Tomas G. Villa, PhD, a Professor at the University of Santiago de Comostela, scientists have discovered the first gene for beer foam. What in the heck does that mean and how can it impact our beloved Michigan beer? Well, thanks to this new discovery, brewers all over the world will be able to work on improving the head of their beer, making it signature to their own style.

The barley and yeast that combine to make beer directly lead to the quality of the foamy head of a beer. During the fermentation process, bubbles form around the gas, which is created and eventually the interaction with the yeast creates the beer foam that we know and love. However, if you pour too quick when serving, the enemy of beer drinkers everywhere (a complete cup of foam), will rain on your beer parade.

Why are we focusing so much on something as seemingly inconsequential as beer foam? The head produced at the top of a glass of Michigan beer is more important than you may think, as it’s often the sign of how fresh a beer is. Not only is the foam a window into the freshness of a brew, but it also holds much of the aromatics that a beer has to offer. After first pouring a beer, allow for head that is about two to three fingers deep from the top of the glass and take a giant sniff. The scent of the ingredients used in brewing the beer should pop out and hit your noise if the foamy head is worth its weight.

With this new advancement in brewing science, brewers might be able to alter the way that beer foam is looked at here in the United States. While Americans often think of foam as a bad thing, overseas in China, beer is actually sold in bags on the street and customers actually appreciate a bag full of foam (see the video below). We might not be lining up for foamy bags of beer, but with new innovations the head could become more than something you find yourself sweeping away.

Frankenmuth Brewery may not be concerning ourselves with the development at the current moment, but we do appreciate a good head of beer foam in every pour of our Michigan beer. The next time you pour a Pilsener, Munich Dunkel or any Frankenmuth beer, take notice of your foamy head and be sure to acknowledge one of the most underrated parts of any beer.

Frankenmuth Brewery Debuts Delicious New Food Menu

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 by Frankenmuth Brewery No Comments


Not only is our Michigan brewery one of the best at pumping out satisfying suds in the Mitten State, but we also back our beer with an outstanding menu of delicious food choices. For the winter of 2012, Frankenmuth Brewery is rolling out a brand new menu of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées that will fill your tastebuds with delight.

Start off your meal at Frankenmuth Brewery with some of the best appetizers in Michigan including our classic chicken nachos, buffalo chicken rolls and portobello fries. Looking for a bit of pretzel to go with your Michigan beer? Our pretzel bites are back on the menu, served warm with delicious mustard, cheese and garlic butter dipping.

Next, prepare for a delicious slab of USDA choice angus beef and chow down on a burger from our menu of classic Frankenmuth burgers and a few new additions. From lighter fare (try the new Palm Springs turkey burger with avocado), to the big ones (the delicious Gnome Burger with mushrooms and swiss cheese), Frankenmuth Brewery has a delicious array of burgers for many different tastes.

Frankenmuth Brewery has also stepped up our sandwich game with a new crop of awesome wraps. Take our Michigan cherry and chicken wrap with nuts, cherries and chargrilled chicken, or the delicious chipotle chicken wrap, which is packed with jalepeno flavor. Chicken not you’re style? The steak fajita wrap will rock your world with punchy pico de gallo, Monterey jack cheese and juicy sizzling steak.

Looking to pair a Michigan beer with your dinner? The new Frankenmuth Brewery menu has lots of options for entrées that feature beer pairing suggestions. Try the cayenne shrimp linguini, featuring a tasty tomato cream sauce and succulent shrimp, with our Batch 69 American IPA or the Bavarian Bratwurst with a Munich Dunkel Lager. Bringing two local Frankenmuth products, the bratwurst from Kern’s Sausages and our Michigan beer, this meal option is as pure Michigan as it gets.

Frankenmuth Brewery has always been synonymous with great Michigan beer and food, but we’ve really tried to step up our game to bring more options to our friends and family. Come to the brewery for a beer, stay for the delicious food that is coming out of the kitchen and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be taking home both a growler of beer and some takeout boxes to go.