I love to go to new places and try new things and I definitely love a good deal! I recently found a Groupon for Frankenmuth Brewery and thought it would be a fun day trip for me and John. Frankenmuth is a fun town to visit, and it is known for it's old world charm and famous chicken dinners! Our $25 dollar Groupon was good for $15 dollars towards lunch or dinner in the breweries cafe/pub and a case of their Twisted Helles beer or Oktoberfest beer to take home... how fun is that.
Their menu offers a wide selection of great pub choices including hand tossed pizzas, salads, sandwiches and burgers. We had a wonderful window view overlooking the Cass River and on a warmer day they open their patio to diners too. John got their Classic Reuben and I enjoyed a Bratwurst with sauerkraut (not the healthiest choices but when in Frankenmuth...) it was a very tasty lunch!
After reading about the brewery and the different beers they make right on site we choose to try the Munich Style Dunkle Lager which is described as a dark smooth German Beer with toasted bread flavor and a malty finish, and the Hefeweizen Ale which is describe as having a sweet mixture of spices, fruit and hints of clove and banana, it is a pale German beer. Both were very good, and very different. We generally like the darker beers and the Dunkel was wonderful but sometimes the ones with unique flavors intrigue me and this pale ale did not disappoint you could definitely taste a hint of banana and spice.
The Frankenmuth Brewery was founded in 1862 and is the second oldest brewery in the country. While we were there we decided to take a free 20 minute brewery tour which features the entire brewing and bottling process. John and I always love to see how things are made, and love to tour winery's and brewery's on our little travels. We found out that the beer they brew at this facility is used on tap in the pub and also shipped in barrels to restaurants and pubs in 5 different states but the bulk of their bottling happens in their Wisconsin facility. Needless to say, it was a little disappointing to know that the Oktoberfest beer we were taking home with our Groupon was not even made in Michigan :(.
The town of Frankenmuth also known as "Michigans Little Bavaria"was founded by German immigrants in 1845 and still has that old world German charm that everyone loves. They are known for their "famous chicken dinners" and two popular destinations to enjoy these are at Zender's and also The Bavarian Inn. While you are there you can't miss a visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland which is a 7.35 acre building filled with everything Christmas. I like to give my kids a new Christmas ornament every year and I also collect Santa's so this is always a must stop for me while in Frankenmuth. We enjoyed the afternoon exploring the little shops and after walking off our lunch we ended our day with a little sweet treat from one of their many fudge and ice cream shops!
We all need a break from our busy everyday lives and activities. I am so glad John was able to take a much needed day off of work and we were able to go on this little adventure. We have been to Frankenmuth many times before but it is always a fun place to visit and lucky for us it is only about an hour drive. Sometimes it is hard to get away for a long vacation, but it is always quick and easy to plan some little mini trips. The fall colors on our drive were lovely, the sun was shinning and we really enjoyed our day together, and now that we have a case of beer, I guess we will need to throw our own Oktoberfest party and share some with friends! I encourage you to take a break and explore a new place sometime soon.
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Happy Trails To You,