Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that Oktoberfest Bier will make its annual return in early September 2020.
Known as “Birmingham’s premier Oktoberfest beer,” Cahaba’sOktoberfest is a Festbier “brewed with continental malts, a generous amount of noble hops, and a unique twist on the fermenting yeast.” Coming in at 6.9% ABV, Oktoberfest is “malty, full-bodied, and well-balanced.”
Oktoberfest is rolling out now and will be available until mid- to late November 2020. You can expect find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at the Taproom at Cahaba Brewing Company and select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Alabama. Prost!
Vital Information for Oktoberfest Bier from Cahaba Brewing Company
Release – Seasonal; September – November 2020 Style – Festbier ABV – 6.9% IBUs – 32 Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Alabama Beer Finder – http://www.cahababrewing.com/beer-finder
Highland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Clawhammer Oktoberfest in August 2020.
Back for its 12th year, Clawhammer is a Bavarian-inspired Märzen Lager that showcases German hops and malts. Coming in at an easy-drinking 5% ABV, Clawhammer is “smooth and well-rounded with toasty malt character.”
Clawhammer is available now and will be hanging around through October 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Highland Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Clawhammer Oktoberfest from Highland Brewing
Release – Seasonal; August – October 2020 Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen ABV – 5% IBUs – 25 Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Vienna, Caramel & Pilsen Hops – Hallertau Mittlefrue & German Spalt Select Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of The Kaiser, an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager, in late August 2020.
Brewed each year to serve as Avery Brewing Co.’s “emboldened ‘Prost!’ to one of the world’s most recognized styles,” The Kaiser “weaves together rich, toasted Vienna and Munich malts with the floral spiciness of Hallertau and Bravo hops to create a bold and brazen dry Imperial Oktoberfest” Lager. Coming in at an attention-getting 8% ABV, The Kaiser “demands a following through its deep dark malt bill, aromas of toast, nuts, and bread, all pulled together with a boisterous booziness.”
The Kaiser is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Colorado and other select markets located within Avery’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Co.
Release – Seasonal; August – October 2020 Style – Imperial Oktoberfest Lager ABV – 8% Malts – Dark Munich, Munich, Vienna, Aromatic & 2-Row Hops – Hallertau & Bravo Yeast – House Bohemian Lager Strain Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder
Paulaner USA(White Plains, New York),the U.S. importer of the legendaryPaulaner Brauerei(Munich, Germany) portfolio,has officially announced that Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen will both be readily available in the U.S. this fall during Oktoberfest Season.
With the cancellation of the official Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich this year, Paulaner – “one of only six breweries allowed to serve at the official event and even serves the #1 selling bier” – is making it so we all can enjoy 200+ years of Oktoberfest tradition at home by providing U.S. beer drinkers with the following two Oktoberfest offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier – This golden Oktoberfest lager is Germany’s #1 Oktoberfest bier. It is also the only bier served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today and the favorite bier at the Munich Oktoberfest. Brewed once a year, and only available while supplies last, Oktoberfest Bier is the pinnacle of German brewing: deep golden color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops. At 6% ABV, it is stronger and bolder than the usual lager.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen– This amber bier style was developed more than 200 years ago to celebrate the original Munich Oktoberfest. The Märzen name originates from “March bier” because it was historically brewed in March, to be available for its peak flavor by the Oktoberfest celebration. Today, this style is available year-round in the U.S., due to popular demand. This full-bodied bier with its rich malt flavor and dark toffee notes, has an underlying fruitiness and masterful hop balance. It will instantly turn your home into an Oktoberfest celebration. ABV – 5.8%
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen are available now and will be hanging around through Oktoberfest Season (Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is actually available Year-Round in the U.S.). You can expect to find both of these legendary Oktoberfest beers available in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Paulaner USA’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!
Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its award-winning Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager in early August 2020.
Awarded a Gold Medal in the German-style Märzen Category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, Zirkusfest is a traditional Märzen that uses Munich malt to provide “upfront biscuity and honey flavors that fade into a dry finish.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Zirkusfest “boasts all the flavors one wants in a rich Oktoberfest lager without the heavy finish.”
Zirkusfest is available now at Hi-Wire’s Asheville and Knoxville taprooms and online beer shop, and it will soon hit the brewery’s Durham taproom and full distribution area. You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Prost!
Vital Information for Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager from Hi-Wire Brewing
Release – Seasonal; August – October 2020 Style – Märzen/Oktoberfest ABV – 6% IBUs – 25 Featured Malts – Munich Hops – Hallertau Tradition Yeast – German Lager Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://hiwirebrewing.com/find-our-beer/
Motorworks Brewing (Bradenton, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its Oktoberfest Märzen-style Lager on Wednesday, August 21.
Serving as Motorworks Brewing’s “homage to the more robust Märzen lagerbiers served in Munich during Oktoberfests past,” Oktoberfest is a “bright amber” Märzen-style Lager that possesses “a lightly toasted, malty sweetness complemented by a spicy hop character that balances its malt base and dries it out a bit on the finish.” Oktoberfest clocks in at a fest-appropriate 5.6% ABV.
The 2019 release of Oktoberfest Märzen-style Lager will officially launch in Motorworks Brewing’s Taproom (1014 9th Street West | Bradenton, Florida) on August 21 and distribution is anticipated to follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Motorworks’ distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!
Vital Information for Oktoberfest from Motorworks Brewing
Release – Limited; launching August 21, 2019 Style – Märzen/Oktoberfest ABV – 5.6% Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Florida