Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that OktoberFist the Red will arrive in late September as the brewery’s second Seasonal Release of 2019.
Created to serve as an experimental twist on Iron Fist’s “much loved traditional Märzen OktoberFist,” OktoberFist the Red still employs “traditional German Märzen methods, but with the addition of some less traditional malts such as Midnight Wheat.” Beyond just lending the beer “a glowing copper, slightly reddish hue,” these malts also impart “a depth of caramel and nutty undertones seen less in similar styles.” These malty notes are joined by “a touch of herbal hops” in the aroma while the flavor profile of OktoberFist the Red (6% ABV) features “complex notes of bread and honey, a touch of caramelized fruit through low bitterness with great malty complexity.”
“Oktoberfest beers sometimes don’t get the love they deserve as the event brings so many similar styles, many delicious but also just released year-on-year. We have been brewing this style at Iron Fist since 2013 and really wanted to experiment a little this year to really showcase the variety the style has to offer. Märzens can range from pale straw in color to dark copper. If you’re getting bored of IPAs, then this higher ABV lager with a malty backbone offers a refreshing new direction.”
– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company
OktoberFist the Red will debut in late September and is scheduled to stick around for three months or so. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available exclusively on draft at Iron Fist Brewing Company’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms. Prost!
Vital Information for OktoberFist the Red from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Release – Seasonal; tapping late September 2019
Style – Märzen/Oktoberfest
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 15
Availability- Draft only
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms