Featured Brewery: Franconia, McKinney, TX

Franconia Silver Star Beer and MugFranconia is located in McKinney, Texas and was founded by Dennis Wehrmann. Born in Nurnberg, Germany in the midst of Bavaria, he grew up in an area surrounded by several historic breweries. However, not just the area influenced his decision to become a brew master; the love for brewing beer was inherited.

Beginning with his grandfather who owned the Franken Braeu brewery in Tanna, Germany, his mother has a degree as a brewery lab technician and the majority of his uncles are either brew masters or involved in the brewing business.

The name Franconia means Franken in German and is also a small region within Germany having the largest number of breweries per population ratio in the world. Franken was also the birthplace of Wehrmann’s family and the namesake for the family brewery in Germany and now his own brewery in Texas.

Featured Beer: SilverStar Bock

5% ABV, 18 IBU

SilverStar Bock is a combination of Franconia’s German and Texas heritage. It is brewed with a blend of Two Row, Munich, and Caramel malts then finished with some Northern Brewer Hops that gives this Bock ale a malt sweet aroma with caramel and a slight hop note in the finish.

Food Pairings:

Roasted meats, stewed fruit, mature cheese, sausages


Bratwurst & Braised Red Cabbage
4 German Bratwurst
1 (12 oz) beer
3 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thin
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
1 apple peeled, cored, and grated
2 tablespoons brown sugar
12 ounces apple juice
1 teaspoon salt

Place the bratwurst in a saucepan and pour in the beer and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until sausages are cooked through. Set aside.

Using a Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cabbage, onion and apple and stir to combine. Let the cabbage cook until slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar until it melts into the cabbage. Add the apple juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes or until cabbage has softened and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the bratwurst to the cabbage. Put the lid back on the pan and let the bratwurst reheat in the cabbage. Serve the bratwurst on a bed of cabbage.

Published 6/3/19

Featured Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

Shiner RoseWhen Kosmos Spoetzl came to Texas from his native Bavaria, he already had a passion for brewing. He opened the brewery in Shiner, Texas in 1909 and put this tiny little town on the map. With a population of 2,069, the citizens of Shiner and the Spoetzl brewery send more than 6 million cases of beer around the United States each year.

Featured Beer:

Shiner Rosé: The newest Brewer’s Pride is the Rosé Pale Ale. It’s inspired by the marriage of two Texas homegrown legends – Shiner beer and Kiepersol wine. This beer is masterfully created with Shiner ale that is fermented with grape must and aged in Tyler’s own Kiepersol red wine barrels. An innovative and delicious way to infuse the spirit of rosé into a beer.

It has an earthy fruitiness accentuated with a subtle dryness. The aging in the wine barrels gives it a complex and refreshing final flavor. The flavor has hints of stone fruit, sticky pine, earthy black tea notes and a dry, oaky finish.

6.5% ABV, 28 IBU​

Food Pairings:

Pairs well with many foods. Smoked chicken, grilled fruit, light pasta dishes and mild cheeses.


Sweet & Spicy Avocado Salsa

3 avocados, 1/2 inch dice
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded, 1/2 inch dice
1 mango, 1/2 inch dice
1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Place all ingredients in a bowl and gently stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve with chips or spoon over grilled fish. This is also a good salsa for shrimp or fish tacos.

Published 5/6/19