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September 25, 2012 in New Beers, New Wines, Oktoberfest, Tasting


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Oktoberfest Beers Available by the Bottle

September 9, 2011 in New Beers, Oktoberfest, Special Releases

We have our Oktoberfest Beers available by the bottle.
They are now all in our Single Beer Cooler Door.
Try them all:

  • Abita Fall Fest
  • Spaten Oktoberfest – featured at our Tasting this Saturday 9/10 4-6pm
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  • Beck’s Oktoberfest
  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest – available by the bottle and 5 liter keg
  • Schlafly Oktoberfest
  • Samuel Adam’s Oktoberfest
  • Brooklyn Oktoberfest
  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest – available in quart can

Other seasonal beers we just got in:

  • Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  • Shocktop Pumpkin Ale

Next week we expect to have:

  • Hudepohl Oktoberfest
  • Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale

OKTOBERFEST: What is it?

August 29, 2011 in Oktoberfest

Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century.  Because of the danger of fire during the dry summer months, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George).  Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars.  The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.

Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’ zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!” in the Austro-Bavarian language) opens the Oktoberfest. The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.

2010 marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. For the anniversary, there was a horse race in historical costumes on opening day. A so-called “Historische Wiesn” (historical Oktoberfest) took place, starting one day earlier than usual on the southern part of the festival grounds. A specially brewed beer (solely available at the tents of the historical Oktoberfest), horse races, and a museum tent gave visitors an impression of how the event felt a century ago.

Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. Large quantities of German beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007.
The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.

Source: Schlafly, Wikipedia


August 29, 2011 in New Beers, Oktoberfest

Fall Fest (September – November) is a Marzen-style Octoberfest lager. It is brewed with German Haullertau hops and pale and crystal malts. The result is a full-bodied, malty beer with a beautiful amber color. Cheese pairings include Gruyère and Swiss-style cheeses.

Our Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste.  This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.

image of bottle of Samuel Adams® Octoberfest
The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.


August 24, 2011 in New Beers, Oktoberfest

BROOKLYN OKTOBERFEST“B+” Rating Overall from The Beer Advocate
Brewed by: Brooklyn Brewery New York, United States
Style | ABV: Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.50% ABV
Toasty and caramel malt sweetness up front, very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Finishes drier. The hops are in the background playing a supporting role to the malt.


The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, held in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world come every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere.
For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. It is an absolutely natural product; brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. Offering 6.3% alcohol by volume and a clean, crisp edge, it is a vital part of the Oktoberfest experience. As unique as the Oktoberfest itself! Hofbräu imports the same beer, from the same batches that are made for its own tent at the Oktoberfest.

“A+” Rating Overall 
from The Beer Advocate
Brewed by: Great Lakes Brewing Company 
Ohio, United States
Style | ABV: Märzen / Oktoberfest | 6.50% ABV
Great Lakes Oktoberfest is an amber colored lager, with a frothy white head as its crown. The aroma is a spot on marzen nose, rich malts, kind of yeasty, maybe a touch of hops in the background. Wow, the flavor explodes onto the scene the minute it hits the tongue. Very nice and rich malts, fairly spicy hops, somewhat bready, a bit earthy. Very full mouthfeel.