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German Style Breweries in America
« on: May 22, 2015, 03:41:17 PM »
So...I'm working on a project/festival idea for GABF that celebrates German style beers.  Something similar to what Great Taste with a tap take over but in Denver.  What I need help with is breweries that fit that emphasis on German style beers.  Are there any breweries that you know of that kind of fit the model.  I have a rough draft of breweries but if you know more please add them to this thread.  Thank!

Grimm Brothers - CO
Prost - CO
Tivoli - CO
Zwei Brewing - CO
Lefthand - CO
Union Craft - MD
Victory - PA
Troegs - PA
Sly Fox - PA
Heater Allen - OR
Capital - WI
Augusta Schell - MN
Sprecher - WI
Penn - PA

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 03:51:12 PM »
Metropolitan and Off Color in Chicago.  Urban Chestnut maybe?

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 03:57:51 PM »
thank you

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 05:08:47 PM »
What's Jack's Abby's shtick?  All lagers, but not necessarily German right?
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 05:14:00 PM »

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 05:48:54 PM »
They don't have to be exactly German style brewery but more of an appreciation for German style beers.


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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015, 06:18:02 PM »
http://www.frankenmuthbrewery.com/

Not the greatest - been around forever (not continually) - but was told they're improving after adding their new brewer (long-time Bell's guy (Steve Buszka) back from Larry's salad days in the 90s where he apparently had at least some input into staples such as Two Hearted and Expedition). Donna had their Hefe recently and said it was very solid.

Frankenmuth is a mid-Michigan Bavarian-themed tourist town featuring the world's largest Xmas store and is famous for family-style friend chicken dinners.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 06:38:34 PM »
http://www.lazymonkbrewing.com

Pretty small brewery so not sure how much it would help. Putting out some very good beers though
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015, 06:54:07 PM »
Live Oak in Austin.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2015, 01:06:25 AM »

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2015, 11:13:04 AM »
http://www.frankenmuthbrewery.com/

Not the greatest - been around forever (not continually) - but was told they're improving after adding their new brewer (long-time Bell's guy (Steve Buszka) back from Larry's salad days in the 90s where he apparently had at least some input into staples such as Two Hearted and Expedition). Donna had their Hefe recently and said it was very solid.

Frankenmuth is a mid-Michigan Bavarian-themed tourist town featuring the world's largest Xmas store and is famous for family-style friend chicken dinners.
I dig their Pilsner.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2015, 12:24:26 PM »
Olde Mecklenburg
Is High Point still around?  The Ramstein Eisbock was pretty damn good.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2015, 05:33:15 PM »
Olde Mecklenburg
Is High Point still around?  The Ramstein Eisbock was pretty damn good.
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Olde Meck makes some of the best German lagers in the US.

New Glarus doesn't do strictly German styles, but when they do they usually nail it.
Hometown Blonde, Eisbock, Berliner Weisse, etc.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2015, 05:58:51 PM »
Olde Mecklenburg
Is High Point still around?  The Ramstein Eisbock was pretty damn good.
:thumbup:
Olde Meck makes some of the best German lagers in the US.

New Glarus doesn't do strictly German styles, but when they do they usually nail it.
Hometown Blonde, Eisbock, Berliner Weisse, etc.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2015, 07:02:24 PM »
I cant think of a single CA German style brewery off the top of my head
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2015, 06:20:04 PM »
thanks for the awesome responses.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2015, 09:53:52 AM »
Isn't there a brewery in Florida that only makes fruited Berliner Weisse? :coffee:

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2015, 01:17:26 PM »
Sudwerk just jumped to mind
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2015, 09:55:12 AM »
Great Lakes makes some nice German styles (Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Oktoberfest)

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2015, 10:54:36 AM »
Das Bierhaus
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2015, 11:08:52 AM »
Stoney> Hey
Metropolitan Brewing Coming To Wisconsin May 1
Curious if anybody has seen any yet.. :popcorn:

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2015, 11:19:35 AM »
Titletown Brewing Co. (Green Bay, WI) tends to make a lot of German styles, both in their regular lineup and their seasonals.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2015, 03:54:57 PM »
Stoney> Hey
Metropolitan Brewing Coming To Wisconsin May 1
Curious if anybody has seen any yet.. :popcorn:

Saw it in De Pere (outside of Green Bay) last week.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2015, 04:21:00 PM »
Stoney> Hey
Metropolitan Brewing Coming To Wisconsin May 1
Curious if anybody has seen any yet.. :popcorn:

Saw it in De Pere (outside of Green Bay) last week.
Cool. I dig the Kölsch, Schwarzbier, and rye Dunkel. Heliostat is a great Zwickel but I think it's draft only.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2015, 01:39:54 PM »
Stoney> Hey
Metropolitan Brewing Coming To Wisconsin May 1
Curious if anybody has seen any yet.. :popcorn:

Haven't seen it.

There again with Bitburger 16 ounce cans at $22.00 / case of 24 I haven't really been looking.

Meh.....it's probably just me. Summer beers = Weihenstephaner, Bitburger, Radeberger.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2015, 01:45:17 PM »
Stoney> Hey
Metropolitan Brewing Coming To Wisconsin May 1
Curious if anybody has seen any yet.. :popcorn:

Saw it in De Pere (outside of Green Bay) last week.
Cool. I dig the Kölsch, Schwarzbier, and rye Dunkel. Heliostat is a great Zwickel but I think it's draft only.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2015, 02:06:25 PM »
Isn't there a brewery in Florida that only makes fruited Berliner Weisse? :coffee:

It isn't all he makes but it is what he is known for.

http://www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2015, 02:56:47 PM »
Isn't there a brewery in Florida that only makes fruited Berliner Weisse? :coffee:

It isn't all he makes but it is what he is known for.

http://www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/
Yep. ...the passionfruit berliner is pouring at a local bar event right now while I sit in this cubicle. :rant:

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2015, 03:26:25 PM »
Isn't there a brewery in Florida that only makes fruited Berliner Weisse? :coffee:

It isn't all he makes but it is what he is known for.

http://www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/
Yep. ...the passionfruit berliner is pouring at a local bar event right now while I sit in this cubicle. :rant:

That beer is awesome.  Time for this...



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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2015, 03:38:20 PM »
Isn't there a brewery in Florida that only makes fruited Berliner Weisse? :coffee:

It isn't all he makes but it is what he is known for.

http://www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/
Yep. ...the passionfruit berliner is pouring at a local bar event right now while I sit in this cubicle. :rant:

That beer is awesome.  Time for this...



:goodposting: :thumbup:

I have to wait until tomorrow to get my fill. Buddy's birthday was this week so he's having people over for a gose/berliner tasting. There'll be about a dozen people and as of yesterday there were around three dozen beers on the docket. I cannot wait.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2015, 03:37:40 PM »
Bine & Vine Bottle Shop

www.BineandVine.com


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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2015, 03:02:08 PM »
New German-themed brewery in Wyoming, MI.

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A light trickle of customers who caught wind of the soft opening enter the brewery, eyeballing the board advertising five beers, including a vanilla porter, Irish red and honey brown, two on nitro taps.

This is the first mention of their beers, halfway through the article.

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Although Rommie's proud of all his concoctions, he's most enthusiastic about the German styles he's brewed: the Easy Company pilsner, a cream-style ale clocking in at a smooth, light 4.1 percent alcohol by volume, and Reforger, a rye beer – "raggenbier" in German – that forgoes other brews in that style and downplays the hops for a remarkably low 13.7 IBUs.

He hopes to lure serious beer folk in with his American styles, and maybe turn them on to his beloved German brews. A board on the wall lists beers coming soon – "reinforcements," it reads – including an oatmeal stout, American IPA and a German Kitzinger signature, the Ration Card wheat rye.

So I guess they brew a Pilsner and Roggenbier.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2015, 12:28:39 PM »

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Although Rommie's proud of all his concoctions, he's most enthusiastic about the German styles he's brewed: the Easy Company pilsner, a cream-style ale clocking in at a smooth, light 4.1 percent alcohol by volume, and Reforger, a rye beer – "raggenbier" in German – that forgoes other brews in that style and downplays the hops for a remarkably low 13.7 IBUs.


So I guess they brew a Pilsner and Roggenbier.
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« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2015, 02:00:50 PM »

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Although Rommie's proud of all his concoctions, he's most enthusiastic about the German styles he's brewed: the Easy Company pilsner, a cream-style ale clocking in at a smooth, light 4.1 percent alcohol by volume, and Reforger, a rye beer – "raggenbier" in German – that forgoes other brews in that style and downplays the hops for a remarkably low 13.7 IBUs.


So I guess they brew a "Pilsner" and Roggenbier.
:blink:
FTFY
So they call a cream ale a Pilsner... I give up :killmenow:
I'm also confused by the part where he hopes to lure in "serious beer folk" with standard brewpub styles. Go balls out with the German stuff, carve a niche. Sounds like that's asking too much.
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #34 on: December 28, 2015, 07:38:56 AM »
Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton MA - tried much of their lineup, pretty solid.  All of the cans are the same, different color can tabs differentiate the brews.
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2016, 12:43:48 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.

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« Reply #36 on: March 28, 2016, 12:53:03 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.

Probably a typo from the graphics store, so they just went with it. 
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« Reply #37 on: March 28, 2016, 02:48:46 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.
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« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2016, 10:49:13 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.

Probably a typo from the graphics store, so they just went with it.
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« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2016, 12:12:51 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.

Probably a typo from the graphics store, so they just went with it.
:lol:
The brewer at this place caught my attention with a forum post where every 3rd word was "bier".
Kind of annoying, but totally irrelevant to the beer. Guess it got my curiosity going about the place.

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« Reply #40 on: March 30, 2016, 12:31:13 PM »
Kansas City Bier Co.

Looks like they exclusively brew German styles.

Probably a typo from the graphics store, so they just went with it.
:lol:
The brewer at this place caught my attention with a forum post where every 3rd word was "bier".
Kind of annoying, but totally irrelevant to the beer. Guess it got my curiosity going about the place.
Yeah the "Bier is Hier" gets tired but I do like the glassware.
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2016, 03:47:27 PM »
A brewer that can make a really good Helles impresses me a hell of a lot more than one that can make a double IPA or some other hop bomb.
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #42 on: May 25, 2017, 10:02:38 AM »
Old news, but Metropolitan is building a bigger brewery, should be open this year according to the brewer. Here are a few recent progress photos.






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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2018, 10:53:58 AM »
Dovetail Brewing :bye:
They have been nailing German and euro styles consistently for the last couple years now. Not exclusively German or reinheitsgebot, though a few do conform to that standard. They employ open fermentation and run all their batches through a coolship, also they have a barrel program of traditional lambic-style wild beers maturing in the brewery.


Copper kettle originally from Weihenstephaner


Barrel room


Coolship

They're in the middle of doing a Zoigl tour around a few local bars. Really looking forward to trying some :ale:
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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #44 on: October 26, 2018, 11:35:35 AM »
Von Trapp
Stowe, VT

https://www.vontrappbrewing.com

They claim Austrian, but they're mostly German styles.

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« Reply #45 on: October 27, 2018, 10:29:40 PM »
New Oberpfalz in Griffith Indiana.  Absolutely dynamite helles.
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« Reply #46 on: October 28, 2018, 11:09:36 AM »
https://www.occidentalbrewing.com/

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« Reply #47 on: October 28, 2018, 11:28:52 AM »
Uteplis in Mpls.  One of the best Hefeweizens made in the US imo.

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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2018, 11:45:57 AM »
Old news, but Metropolitan is building a bigger brewery, should be open this year according to the brewer. Here are a few recent progress photos.

note to self: photo links from FB don't work <_<



The taproom is gorgeous, has been open a year or so. They do a fair amount of collaboration with Metropolitan Coffee next door.


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Re: German Style Breweries in America
« Reply #49 on: November 13, 2018, 09:52:17 AM »
Stubborn German Brewing
Waterloo, IL



Another obscure Illinois brewery on my to-do list. Close enough to STL to make a stop, but more likely an "on the way" to White Rooster & Scratch further SE.
Apparently they got their brewing equipment from Castle Danger in MN.