Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colorado) recently announced that their Oktoberfest Märzen Lager will be returning to shelves and taps later this week.
In a season that is inundated with Pumpkin Beers these days, Left Hand Brewing Co. goes in a different direction by embracing the rich heritage of the Festbier. To keep their Oktoberfest true to tradition, the folks at the brewery begin brewing this Märzen Lager in late spring to allow a “full two months for the beer to reach lagered perfection.” Not cutting any corners, they also employ “a traditional yet time intensive decoction mash process, a multi-step mash,” during the brewing process. This level of dedication and attention to detail yields a drinking experience with a “toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.”
Oktoberfest officially releases in the brewery taproom on August 26 and the rest of Left Hand Brewing’s 37 state distribution footprint follows shortly thereafter. Look for this offering to be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments where you normally find Left Hand offerings. If you find yourself craving a fine Märzen a time or two this fall, be sure to keep Left Hand Brewing’s Oktoberfest on your short list of beers to give a shot. Prost!
Vital Information on Oktoberfest Märzen Lager from Left Hand Brewing Co.
Release – Seasonal, available beginning August 26
Style – Märzen Lager
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 24
Malts – Munich & Pilsner
Hops – CTZ & Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Packaging – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft