Frankenmuth Brewery, America’s Oldest Microbrewery

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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!!

Tasters

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!

For more Michigan breweries, check out:

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46 thoughts on “Frankenmuth Brewery, America’s Oldest Microbrewery

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  • January 30, 2020 at 11:30 am
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    This looks like a great place for a couples vacation

    • January 30, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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      It is!! We love it up there. We’ve done family visits and couples weekends!

  • January 30, 2020 at 11:56 am
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    We love visiting breweries and this looks like a great one! I’ll have to tag it for later.

    • January 30, 2020 at 12:56 pm
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      You will love it. Not too far from you. A great weekend trip.

  • January 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm
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    What a nice microbrewery, impressive that it is the oldest one. That jalapeño beer must be a hit!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:41 am
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      I thought it was pretty cool it was in Michigan. Since we are Michigan natives.

  • January 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm
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    So cool! I love history and I never really thought about some of our older breweries that much. Thanks for the interesting read! 🙂

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:42 am
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      Love historical places too. Happy we’ve started checking out breweries. Many are in historical buildings.

  • January 30, 2020 at 3:20 pm
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    I am not big on brewery’s but I am big on historic places. This looks like a place with great history!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:43 am
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      So many breweries are in historic places. They are great places to eat and meet locals too!

  • January 30, 2020 at 11:25 pm
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    Historic towns are always interesting. And the Bavarian Belle looks like a fun riverboat!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:43 am
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      We enjoy our small historic towns!!

  • January 31, 2020 at 1:09 am
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    It looks interesting to visit the history of the brewery.

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:44 am
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      We thought it was pretty neat too!!

  • January 31, 2020 at 3:03 am
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    We need to come hang out with you guys and try some flights…as long as you don’t beer shame me as I tend to lean more toward the craft beers on training wheels. ? And it’s got the history angle that I love.

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:44 am
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      We certainly do. And you will get ZERO judgement from me!

  • January 31, 2020 at 8:18 am
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    I LOVE brewery tours! It’s so much fun to watch the whole process and then to be able to taste it…well, everyone loves that part!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:45 am
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      Yes, every loves the tasting part, LOL!

  • January 31, 2020 at 9:03 am
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    Leave it to you guys to find another great brewery!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:45 am
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      You got it!! Happy to help!!

  • January 31, 2020 at 11:55 am
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    I’m not a beer drinker, but I do love history. This seems like a cool place to hang out and of course a german brewery would be the oldest one in the US.

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:46 am
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      Yes, of course German beer would be the oldest, LOL. It’s great when you can find a good atmosphere to enjoy, even if you don’t drink beer.

  • January 31, 2020 at 12:08 pm
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    I live in Asheville, a great craft brewery destination itself, and have learned that I LOVE visiting and learning about the brew process. I want to add Frankenmuth Brewery to my travel wish list!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:50 am
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      You know we want to get to Asheville too. I will be in touch when we make it there!

  • January 31, 2020 at 1:20 pm
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    I like that you and your husband found something you both love and enjoy! After following your blog for awhile I can see that this is one of your favorite dates!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:51 am
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      It is something we enjoy for sure. Next he wants me to take up golfing. We shall see.

  • January 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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    This would be a fun place to visit. The scenery is lovely, and I’d like to learn more about the micro-brewery. I need to spend more time in Michigan!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:51 am
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      Michigan is so beautiful. Happy we get to back every summer, and sometimes several times per year.

  • January 31, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    I love doing tastings at breweries and wineries. It’s so much fun. I just call ‘NOT’ designated driver! I will definitely keep this for when we visit the area.

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:52 am
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      Funny!! Yeah, now we have kids old enough to drive us. And this one we could walk to from the Bavarian Inn.

  • February 1, 2020 at 8:38 am
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    That looks like a really neat place! I have only visited Michigan once.

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:53 am
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      Where did you get to visit in Michigan?

  • February 1, 2020 at 1:06 pm
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    I love exploring towns and stopping at breweries. We will be venturing up to Michigan this summer. I’m pinning this for later!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:53 am
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      Us too!! So much fun. Where will you be visiting in Michigan? We are originally from there.

  • February 1, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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    We love to explore different breweries! This one looks cool

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:54 am
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      Definitely get here is you like to visit breweries.

  • February 2, 2020 at 11:23 pm
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    Visiting America’s oldest microbrewery would be on my husbands list for sure!

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:54 am
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      He would love it!! And there is so much in the town for everyone!!

  • February 3, 2020 at 4:40 am
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    It a beer drinker but in love history, good food and a view. Looks like a fun time

    • February 3, 2020 at 10:55 am
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      Yes!! Great place, even if you’re not a beer drinker!

  • February 7, 2020 at 9:04 pm
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    We don’t drink but Love dachshunds, the hedge reminded me of my minni doxie. I may hedge a bush after him now

    • February 7, 2020 at 10:09 pm
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      That would be cute!!

  • February 7, 2020 at 9:21 pm
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    We just got back from Frankenmuth! Next time we’re gonna have to check this place out. Thanks for sharing!

    • February 7, 2020 at 10:09 pm
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      Fun!! Was it the winter festival??

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