September 30, 2009

On Tap Now - Oktoberfest

Our 2009 Oktoberfest is rich with malt and balanced with spicy German hops. The flavor is slightly sweet, yet refreshingly crisp and smooth. During our cold lagering stage, the yeast settled nicely so this year we are serving it unfiltered to perserve all the delicious flavors available.

Style Notes:
Before the invention of refrigerators, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing typically ended with the coming of Spring and beginning again in the Fall; thus most beers were brewed in March (Marzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the Spring and Summer months to enjoy during the early stages of Fall and Oktoberfest. Marzenbier (or Oktoberfest), is full bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

The Modern Celebration:
Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival, held each year in Munich, Germany during late September and running into early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany, and the world's largest fair with some 6 million people attending every year. The festival is held on an area known as Theresienwiese (the field of Therese), often called d'Wiesen for short. Visitors from across the globe gather to celebrate Oktoberfest by drinking beer and eating huge amounts of hearty traditional German fare. Oktoberfest is a very important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations modeled after the wildly popular Munich event.

Brewer's specs:

German Pilsener Malt
German Munich Malt
German Vienna Malt
Crystal Malt
Chocolate Malt

German Hallertauer
German Spalt
Czech Saaz

Fermented with our house Lager yeast

OG 16.3 Plato
5.6% ABV

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