AleSmith Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest with Return of AleSchmidt

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of AleSchmidt Oktoberfest in late July 2021.

Returning a bit early this year to give German beer lovers “a head start on Oktoberfest flavors,” AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style Lager that possesses “rich malt complexities that complement the brew’s characteristic clean hop bitterness and toasted aroma.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV, AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a “seasonal staple comprised of a fresh, polished and toasty malt character.”

“AleSchmidt is the perfect beer to round out the summer and get you ready for fall,” says Peter Cronin, Quality Manager at AleSmith. “It’s clean, toasty and elegant.”

AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at “select retailers across California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. It will also be available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea and Mexico.” Prost!

Vital Information for AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Specialty; returns late July 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 13
Fun Fact – “The original German-style, amber lager emerged in Germany and Austria hundreds of years ago, though it was made famous for being served at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration starting in 1872.”
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – US: California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin | Global: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea & Mexico
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Sierra Nevada Releases 2021 Edition of Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of the 2021 edition of its Oktoberfest in late July.

Back to serve as Sierra Nevada’s “ode to beer’s largest party,” this year’s release of Oktoberfest is a traditional Amber Märzen that will be a bit of a “departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest bier.” Coming in at 5.5% ABV, 2021 Oktoberfest is a “darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer” that is “well balanced between sweet maltiness and delicate hop bitterness with a medium body.”

“The beer has a malty sweetness with a little bit of herbal, floral hop presence, and the bitterness levels are just right to balance the malt character for drinkability,” says Scott Jennings, Innovation Brewmaster at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. He adds, “it’s a substantial beer but it’s really, really drinkable.”

Oktoberfest will start rolling out in late July 2021 and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for 2021 Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; late July – October 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 19
Malts – Black, Munich, Pilsner & Special Roast
Hops – Hersbrucker & Tradition
Fun Fact – “When developing this edition of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest, the brewers were aiming to produce a darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer, and the traditional Amber Märzen style fit the bill. Jennings notes that this year’s darker style is a departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest biers, such as Helles bock, that began rising to popularity at Oktoberfest in Munich in the 1970s and 1980s. He adds that an Amber Märzen would have been a mainstay at Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich prior to that shift toward lighter styles.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://sierranevada.com/beer-locator/

Founders Brewing Co. Set for Return of Oktoberfest

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the nationwide Limited Release of its Oktoberfest in August 2021.

Crafted with the intent to be “all in on tradition,” Oktoberfest is a Bavarian-style Märzen brewed with “imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish.” Coming in at 6% ABV and boasting a “rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone,” Oktoberfest is “akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot.”

Oktoberfest will hit Founder Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on July 28 and nationwide distribution will follow in August. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 50-state distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late July – September 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Calories – 190
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Green Bench Brewing Co. Announces Return of Festbier Lager

Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its Festbier Lager in mid-July 2021.

Their authentic take on the celebratory beer of Germany, Green Bench’s Festbier is a German-style Lager brewed with “imported German Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts” to create a “clean and moderately strong malty flavor . . . developed entirely from a traditional double decoction process and natural carbonation.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Festbier “is more akin to a heavy bodied Helles with more hop flavor.”

Festbier is rolling out now and will hang around through the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Green Bench’s distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier Lager from Green Bench Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; mid-July – October 2021
Style – Festbier
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 27
Malts – German Pilsner, Vienna & Munich
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft

Cahaba Brewing Greets Fall with Return of Oktoberfest Bier

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’s Oktoberfest 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 Raises a Glass to Oktoberfest With Return of Clawhammer

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. Celebrates Oktoberfest with Return of The Kaiser

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 Celebrates Oktoberfest With Two Beers in 2020

Paulaner USA (White Plains, New York), the U.S. importer of the legendary Paulaner 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’s Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager Makes Seasonal Return

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 Looks Toward Fall with Limited Release of Oktoberfest

motorworkslogoMotorworks 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

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