Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it has partnered with Bitburger Brewery (Bitburg, Germany) to brew the 2019 edition of its Oktoberfest, an annually released German-American collaboration beer.
Continuing Sierra Nevada’s mission to better understand, appreciate and celebrate Germany’s many different takes on the Oktoberfest Bier style, the 2019 release of Oktoberfest is an incredibly special Festbier “brewed with Bitburger’s famed Siegelhopfen (meaning “sealed hops”)—a classified hop blend that has never been shared outside the German brewery walls. The beer will also feature Bitburger’s custom yeast, another house ingredient gifted for the first time ever.” Coming in at 6% ABV and 20 IBUs, the 2019 Oktoberfest “will feature a rich amber color, smooth malty flavor and balanced hop character sure to turn backyards into beer gardens.”
“Our breweries’ shared commitment to quality and family ownership made this an obvious fit,” said Sierra Nevada founder and owner Ken Grossman. “Together, our families have shared great times telling stories, enjoying food and drinking beer—the perfect conditions for a great Oktoberfest.”
“We are thrilled to be brewing together with our friends from the iconic Sierra Nevada Brewery,” said Jan Niewodniczanski, Managing Director of Bitburger representing the seventh Generation of the family business. “Not only are we united by our passion for exceptional beer and truly unique hop flavors, we also share a long history of transatlantic exchange, leading to this exciting collaboration.”
2019 Oktoberfest will officially release in late July and is scheduled to hang around throughout the Oktoberfest season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s nationwide distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for 2019 Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. & Bitburger Brewery
Release – Seasonal; launching late July 2019
Style – Oktoberfest/Festbier
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Caramelized malts, Munich & Pilsner
Hops – Bitburger Siegelhopfen, German Magnum & Loral
Yeast – Bitburger’s Custom Lager Yeast
Fun Fact – On Bitburger Brewery: “Founded in 1817, Bitburger has been family-owned for seven generations. The brewery is famous for its ‘perfect pilsner’ and its commitment to quality in brewing.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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