Frankenmuth Brewery, America’s Oldest Microbrewery

Over the years, and all our visits to Frankenmuth we’re not quite sure how it took until July 2018 to finally stop in at Frankenmuth Brewery. But, we made sure to check it out, so we could share it with our brewery/beer loving readers, because EVERYONE should know at least a little about America’s Oldest Microbrewery, and Michigan’s Original Craft Brewery!! You are welcome!!

America's Oldest Microbrewery building

History of America’s Oldest Microbrewery

Frankenmuth is a town originated, and settled by German immigrants. Therefore, it pretty much tells you how and why there is a long history of beer brewing. The history of Frankenmuth Brewery dates back to 1862. Although over time, it has changed owners, and even changed names, the rich history of brewing remains strong.

Frankenmuth Brewery mascot Frankie

Even “Frankie” the dachshund mascot, holds his place in history. Having been introduced in the 1930’s when early owners, The Geyer Family, also owned purebred dachshund. John Geyer began using images of his top dog Frankie, and he remains the icon for their “dog-gone good” craft beer.

Also, Frankenmuth Brewery is historically known for their award winning beers!!


Beer Flight at Frankenmuth Brewery, America's oldest microbrewery

Our first visit in July 2018 we had the Belgium Boom Golden Ale, Hot Rocket Jalapeño Blonde, Batch 69 American IPA, and Red Sky Irish Ale. I tried them all except the Hot Rocket. It took a couple sips before the “heat” kicked in on the Hot Rocket for Matt, lol. All were excellent, and ones I could sit and enjoy. 

Beer flight at America's Oldest Microbrewery

We returned again in 2019. This time Matt went for the Old Detroit Hot Rocket, which has fresh cut jalapeño. We also had the Little Bavaria Pilsener, Twisted Helles, and the Brown Hound Dunkel. Twisted Helles is a perfect summer brew with light citrus notes. Surprisingly I loved the Dunkel, and so did my sister. The Dunkel is a 2016 World Expo of Beer gold medal winner.

Location of America’s Oldest Microbrewery

View and America's Oldest Microbrewery from across the Cass River

Frankenmuth Brewery is located on the Cass River in Frankenmuth, Michigan. You can see the Bavarian Inn Lodge across the river, and when I was on my walk along the river by the lodge, I got this riverside view photo of the brewery. You can see the outdoor seating, and how it overlooks the Cass River. 

Bavarian Belle river boat on Cass River from Frankenmuth Brewery

If you don’t end up with outdoor seating, be sure to take a peek at the view. You may even catch the Bavarian Belle going by.

We look forward to making Frankenmuth Brewery a stop with every visit to the town of Frankenmuth. Are you a craft beer enthusiast? Would visiting America’s oldest microbrewery be on your bucket list? Share with us on Instagram!

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