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The Frankenmuth Brewery has some amazing new brews on tap this August – our seasonal flagship Oktoberfest Lager and a brand new summer-inspired tangerine Radler named Two-Wheeler Peeler.
Two-Wheeler Peeler is an authentic German Radler with sweet notes of tangerine, while the classic seasonal release Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied Märzenbier with a sweet malty flavor. Both of the brews are now on tap at the Frankenmuth Brewery, as well as the rest of our award-winning Michigan craft beer lineup.
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The newly released Two-Wheeler Peeler is another addition to the brewery’s delicious summer brew lineup, and measures in at 4.9% ABV and 20 IBU. The radler incorporates tangerine juice for a fresh, bright mouth feel with noticeable aromatics of sweetness and tart tangerine. The flavor includes noticeable notes of citrus with a nice bubbly character in the finish.
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Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest Märzen-style beer uses German noble hops and four different malts to create its trademark copper color and rich malty flavor. The Oktoberfest measures in at 27 IBU and 5.27% ABV, and will be on tap for a few upcoming months as a late summer and early fall mainstay at the Frankenmuth Brewery.
Both the Two-Wheeler Peeler and Oktoberfest are classic German-inspired brews, supporting the Frankenmuth Brewery’s rich German-style brewing history. Both of the brews will be available on tap for the upcoming months at the Frankenmuth Brewery, so stop by for an opportunity to try some Michigan-made craft beer brewed in authentic German fashion.
If you’re looking to find out where the lager or Radler are being served, check out the Two-Wheeler Peeler and Oktoberfest Lager on Untappd. If you get a chance to try these great limited releases, be sure to let us know what you think!
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With more than 150 years of German brewing tradition rooted in the Frankenmuth Brewery, we’re taking a look at some of the best German beer types to be enjoyed during the summer months.
If you need relief from the summer heat and humidity, the German beer types below have historically been some of the most popular choices for relief from the summer heat. While the Frankenmuth Brewery also makes a handful of delicious year-round and winter German-style brews, it’s safe to say that most folks aren’t vying for bock beer or doppelbocks during the blazing summer months.
When it comes to German-style brewing, one of the best summer beer types is Helles Lager. This Bavarian style beer dates back to the late 1800s, and has since become a summer staple when it comes to German beer. “Helles” translates to light in color, and these straw-blonde lagers are known to carefully balance rich maltiness with noble hops.
Frankenmuth Brewery’s take on this style, Twisted Helles Summer Lager, truly embodies the summer season with its light, yet flavorful, taste. The 5.5% ABV, 18 IBU Twisted Helles balances notes of citrus, rich malts, and noble hops to make for a delicious, crisp lager. Available in cans for summer drinking on the go, Frankenmuth’s Twisted Helles is undoubtedly one of the best summer beer types in Michigan.
Another quintessential German summer beer is a Weizen (wheat) beer, or in particular, Hefweizen (yeast-wheat). Visit just about any German beer garden in the summer and you’ll surely discover tall, slender glasses of Hefeweizen being tapped.
Hefweizens are typically brewed with more than 50 percent malted wheat and generally feature sweet aromas and notes of citrus. They are orange-ish in appearance and can feature a wide array of fruity and spicy notes, ranging from citrus to banana to coriander to other fruits and spices.
Frankenmuth Brewery’s Hefeweizen, The Hef Ale, makes for a great summer beer with mouthwatering notes of banana and clove. This refreshing 5% ABV, 13 IBU Hefeweizen makes for the perfect hot weather companion with its smooth flavor and easy drinkability.
Another must-have German-style summer beer is the Pilsener, which is one of the world’s most popular beer styles. Though pilseners make for a great summer beer, they’re also incredibly popular during every other season as well.
The Pilsener was first invented in Pilsen, Czech Republic in the 1840s, though the beer style was replicated shortly after in Germany in the 1870s. Pilseners are defined by their blonde, clear appearance, and these lagers feature prevalent hops and a bitter bite up front.
Frankenmuth Brewery’s Little Bavaria Pilsener stays true to the German brewing purity laws, using only water, hops, yeast, and grain during the brewing process. This 5.25% ABV, 26 IBU Pilsener balances rich malts, a floral aroma, a hint of spice, and a dry finish for a fantastic German-style drinking experience.
Are you looking to learn more about German-style brewing or to try some of the best summer beer types for yourself? Stop by the Frankenmuth Brewery to taste test a variety of German-inspired Michigan craft beer, along with our other delicately brewed craft beer creations. With more than 150 years of German brewing tradition, the Frankenmuth Brewery is always tapping up some of the most authentic German-style brews in the nation.
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If you’re a fan of dark porters, you won’t want to miss out on Frankenmuth Brewery’s 2015 batch of Rummelstiltskin Maple Porter – one of our most popular seasonal releases.
The Rummelstiltskin is a dark porter fermented with fresh maple syrup harvested in Frankenmuth, and was first brewed as a seasonal release in 2014. This year’s batch is sure to be even more delicious than the last, and the first keg of Rummelstiltskin will be tapped at the Frankenmuth Brewery on Wednesday, July 1st.
This robust porter is clean, smooth, and well carbonated with delicious flavors of oats and chocolate, and a tasty maple finish. The Rummelstiltskin Maple Porter measures in at 7.9% ABV, 31 IBU, and as a porter ale, is dark brown in appearance.
With delicious, sweet flavors featured prominently in the Rummelstiltskin, the maple porter makes for a great contrast to savory meats like steaks, roast beef, lamb, pork, and BBQ and smoked dishes. Rummelstiltskin also makes for a great complement to rich, chocolate desserts.
In its first year of release in 2014, the Rummelstiltskin was well received, and with a year to refine the recipe, the 2015 batch is sure to impress fans of dark Michigan craft beer. The Rummelstiltskin will be available at the Frankenmuth Brewery throughout the summer, and will also be distributed to select bars and restaurants in 2015.
For more information on where to find the maple porter, or to read what others think about the Frankenmuth Brewery seasonal release, check out the Rummelstiltskin on Untappd. For the latest information on Frankenmuth Brewery’s delectable seasonal releases and brand new brews, stay tuned to the Frankenmuth blog!
Are you firing up the grill this summer and in search of the ultimate beer to go with your delicious barbecue? Not to worry – Frankenmuth Brewery has some great beer and BBQ pairings to knock your next cookout out of the park.
Between juicy burgers, flavorful steak, grilled chicken, savory vegetables, and more, there’s the perfect beer pairing out there for every type of barbecue. While some beer and BBQ pairings work because of common flavors, contrasting tastes can often be just as delightful.
At the Frankenmuth Brewery, we know that everyone’s palate is different when it comes to food and beer, so the pairings below may not be everyone’s favorite. However, the combinations below have been carefully thought out to complement each other and should make for a delicious day of Michigan craft beer and barbecue.
Nothing says barbecue quite like flipping a burger or seasoning a steak on the grill. Burgers typically feature salty, savory ground beef (or turkey), with added sweetness from toppings like ketchup, mustard, or tomato, and a bready finish from the bun. On the same note, the strong seasoning and beefy flavors of a steak can offer similar characteristics as a burger.
With those flavors in mind, IPAs typically make for a great contrast to a juicy grilled burger or steak. With no bitter flavors featured in the steak or burger, the bitter, hoppy characteristics of IPAs make for a great contrasting complement to help balance out your taste buds. We recommend Batch 69, our gold medal-winning American IPA, for a delicious contrast during your next burger or steak cookout.
Sausages offer rich flavors with high fat content, and often, grilled sausage can be quite spicy. Especially with spicy sausage, malty beer can be a great complement to help ease the burn, whereas bitter beer will do the opposite.
With that being said, amber ales or dark lagers with notes of bread, caramel, or roasted malts make for a great pairing with sausages. We recommend Frankenmuth Brewery’s Brown Hound Dunkel Lager as a great contrast to the rich, heart flavors of sausage. In the late summer and early fall, Frankenmuth’s Oktoberfest Märzen also makes for a great complement.
Wheat beer also makes for a great companion to spicy, hearty sausage, and Frankenmuth’s The Hef hefeweizen ale should do just the trick. Hefeweizen has been historically paired up with Weisswurst, white sausage made from minced veal and pork.
Chicken can be one of the more mild grilled meats, so when it comes to beer and BBQ pairings, it’s more about matching the beer up with the seasoning or marinade. For spicier chicken, sweet, malty beer like Frankenmuth’s Old Detroit Amber Ale make for a great complementary pairing, with Old Detroit’s sweet notes of caramel helping to balance the meal out.
For chicken preparations involving more herbs, spices, lemon, or citrus, blonde ales typically make for a great companion. Frankenmuth’s Hot Rocket Jalapeño Blonde offers a spicy bite of delicious jalapeño with every sip, pairing up well with the lemon, pepper, and spices used for the chicken.
Grilled seafood like shrimp, lobster, salmon, and whitefish, often feature sweet, savory, delicate flavors, and are often marinated in butter or lemon. With those flavors in mind, wheat beer like Frankenmuth’s The Hef hefeweizen ale can bring some citrus and acidity into the mix, pairing up particularly well with shrimp, lobster, and shellfish.
Additionally, the bitterness featured in pilseners can help balance the rich butters and fats of seafood, making Frankenmuth’s Little Bavaria Pilsener a solid choice for just about any type of seafood.
Lastly, one of the most important elements of any cookout is the grilled veggie spread. The earthiness and herbs featured in vegetables typically pair up well with the floral, grassy, lemony notes featured in Noble hops, making pilseners and helles lagers a great match.
For vegetables and salads, we recommend Frankenmuth’s Little Bavaria Pilsener or the Twisted Helles Summer Lager for lighter complements to vegetables. Pilsener’s slight bitterness makes for a great contrast, while the light citrus flavoring of Twisted Helles does a great job with not overpowering the taste of your veggies.
On that note, Twisted Helles Summer Lager goes well with just about any grilled food outside of dark, red meats, and can be a great refreshing complement to chicken, pork, and fish as well.
Looking to try some of these beer and BBQ pairings for yourself? Keep these in mind next time you’re planning to fire up the barbecue, or head out to Frankenmuth Brewery to pick up a growler and taste for yourself. With growler refills available on Wednesday for only $5, you can pick up some delicious Michigan craft beer to blow your guests away at your next cookout.
Looking for a delicious, yet patriotic, beer for this year’s 4th of July celebrations? Look no further than Frankenmuth Brewery’s red, white, and blue Batch 69, which recently won 1st place for IPAs at the World Expo of Beer.
For a delicious American IPA with star-spangled packaging to help celebrate the holiday, Frankenmuth Brewery’s Batch 69 is the perfect 4th of July beer. Batch 69 is dry-hopped to trap in the beer’s sweet aromatics and features a delicious balance of notes of pine and citrus hops, bitterness, and a subtle caramel malt bite to it.
All of Batch 69’s packaging features red, white, and blue star-spangled packaging to tie in with the beer’s American IPA style. Batch 69 also stays true to its name and measures in at 69 IBU and 6.9% ABV.
The recipe was tweaked in early 2015 by Frankenmuth’s Brewmaster Steve Buszka, who changed the hops used and dry-hopped the IPA instead. Just a few months later, Batch 69 won gold at the World Expo of Beer in the most competitive style category, India Pale Ale, out of 61 entries.
To get a taste of our award-winning American IPA this 4th of July, Batch 69 American IPA can be found in major retailers in Michigan, including Meijer, Nino Salvaggio, and Trader Joe’s, as well as independent stores throughout the state.
If you’re looking for a festive beer to tie in with the holiday, but you’re tired of all of the light lager macro-brewed 4th of July beer, Batch 69 is the beer for you. Head to the store and grab a six-pack of Batch 69 American IPA and show your patriotism with a delicious Michigan craft beer in hand.
To hear what others are saying about our award-winning IPA, check out Batch 69 on Untappd.