Franklins Brewery Process
Our beers are brewed in house by Brewmaster Mike Roy on our 10 barrel (a barrel is 31 gallons) Bohemian Brewing Company system. Brewing over 30 styles of beer and over 700 barrels annually (2014), we’re extremely proud to have 11 beers on tap at any given time, plus a house made root beer. Franklins has won 74 medals since 2007 at competitions like the Great International Beer Festival, United States Beer Competition, and the Maryland Comptroller’s Cup. For a complete and up to date list, click here awards.
Many varieties & formulations
Beers are brewed from many different formulations. Different malts, cereals, and hops are blended, in various proportions to produce the style of beer desired from light, dark, bitter, sweet, mild to strong. Although some of the equipment has changed, the basic principles of brewing and the materials used have remained the same for hundreds of years. In addition Franklin’s beers are never pasteurized, nor are any chemical preservatives or additives used. Many of our beers are fit for vegan consumption and any product like lactose (milk sugar) or honey will be noted on the beer menu.
See how our beers are made
View our Brewing Process PDF.
See all the awards we received on our Franklins Brewery Awards page.
Bohemian Brewing Monobloc 3 Vessel Brewhouse
13 bbl Mash/Lauter Tun
10 bbl Hot liquor Tank
18 bbl Brew kettle
4- 10bbl Fermenters
1-12 bbl Fermenter
2- 12.5 bbl Fermenters ( coming late 2014)
9- 10 bbl Serving Tanks
1-10 bbl Bright Beer Tank
3-13.5 bbl Bright Beer Tanks
2 head manual keg washer
Plate & frame filter
For Beer Lovers
Learn all the basics about all our beers both past and present – beer style, alcohol content, and more:
Franklins Beer Index (PDF)
For even more information on each beer
Read detailed descriptions describing every beer we have made on our:
Franklins Beer Descriptions
Available in Bottles
We offer some of our beer in 750ml (25.4 oz) bottles for sale in the stand alone cooler in the General Store. Brands vary, but please feel free to request something bottled if you don’t see it.
If you represent a bar, restaurant, or retail store and would like information on carrying our products, send inquiries to
We don’t currently offer any standing times for brewery tours, as our brewing department has limited personnel, however if scheduled in advance we will try to accommodate requests. Contact Mike Roy to schedule a tour.
Enjoy our beers while raising money
Franklins is dedicated to giving back to the community which has supported us for the past 20 years, donating over 200,000 through our Franklins Fundraisers program. Franklins Fundraisers are a fun and effective way to raise money for your school or non-profit organization. For more information, or to book your organization’s fundraiser, contact us at (301)927-2740
Keg Rental Policy
Franklins is excited to be able to offer our draft beer to our customers through our General Store, but because we are still a small brewery, we must limit the size available to purchase to 1/6 barrel (5.16 gallon) kegs and we may not always have every brand available at all times. If there is a particular brand you highly desire for your event, our best advise is to make a reservation for it as early as possible. To give you an idea of how much beer a keg hods, it’s the equivalent to 41 – 16 oz servings, 55 – 12 oz servings, or 2.3 cases. For our keg rentals, we do require a cash, check or credit card deposit of $100 for each keg, and a $10 rental fee for each party tap that is taken out. Kegs with taps must be returned within 10 days of the date of purchase. Kegs without taps (for people with kegerators) must be returned within 60 days of the date of purchase. After your deposit period is up, we will process your deposit (i.e. cash your check).
Contact Mike Roy 72 hours in advance to reserve your keg, and we will send an email to confirm the reservation.
Keg Pricing & Beer Availability
$85 Bombshell Blonde, Rubber Chicken, Twisted Turtle
$95 Private I.P.A.
$110 Double I.P.A.
Some special beers may fall outside of these ranges and will be priced accordingly. Prices do not include sales tax. Contact Mike Roy for current seasonal keg brand availability.
Commonly Asked Questions
How do I tap a keg?
We’ll show you.
How long will kegged beer keep and why does it go flat?
It will keep for a few days if you keep the beer cold, but it progressively changes in taste with each day it’s exposed to air. Tapping your keg with a party pump is like opening a 2-liter bottle of soda – it puts air into the container. Co2 then escapes the liquid and dissipates into the air, making the beer more flat. If the keg is constantly kept cool and under pressure in a kegerator, it will keep up to 8 weeks.
If I plan on drinking the keg over a period of a few days, what should I do?
Best thing to do is to untap the keg and keep the beer on ice! Cod beer will hang on to its Co2 longer. Do not pump more air into it – that’ll just oxidize the beer faster. Or… you could buy yourself a home Co2 draft beer system and be cool like we are.
What causes beer to foam?
Primarily, beer will foam when it is warm. Bouncing it down the stairs won’t help. Keep it on ice and keep it still and you will have a happy keg.