Franconia Brewing Co. in McKinney was one of D-FW's first breweries of the modern era, and the company is well known for using traditional German brewing practices.
Sure, brewers have strayed from Reinheitsgebot (German purity law) a few times with beers like the DIPA and anniversary brew Champagne ale, but now they’re ready to release a flurry of very different, small-batch beers that celebrate varying countries' signature styles and ingredients. They're calling it the "world tour" series.
Franconia chose the first styles to feature randomly during a meeting, said owner Dennis Wehrmann. They chose an English stout first because there aren't a lot of traditional stouts on the market, he added.
Others include a Belgian recipe, which was chosen for its fruity notes, and a Baltic Porter, which promises to be a great fall and winter seasonal. And the Champagne ale? The brewery introduced this recipe three years ago for its fifth anniversary and consumers had a love-hate response.
"Considering that the market changed in the past three years drastically, we thought this might be a good time to introduce it again, as we think more people will be open for something unique and special," Wehrmann said. "But it is a very unique beer, and there is not really a typical beer for France, but we thought this would represent the country well."
Wehrmann’s brewing traditions date back to 1800s Germany when his great great grandfather founded a brewery in Frankenbreu, Tanna. Today, he and his team use that knowledge and skill to provide a unique beer drinking experience in small batches.
These beers will be limited releases, available in kegs and 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles about once every three months.
Here's the full lineup:
- February: English stout
- May: Belgian ale
- August: Champagne ale
- November: Baltic porter