Though Munich is many miles away, (17,159 miles from us to be exact), we Americans embrace Oktoberfest as our own homegrown festival. A debauched celebration of sausage, Lederhosen, chicken dancing, and giant steins of beer. From frat boys to fine diners, everyone wants a piece of Oktoberfest bites and brews.
We may not don the Lederhosen, (though we would, for a price...), but we brew our own fest bier in time for the end of September and beginning of October. We braise the sausages in our brew and bake some pretzels to share with friends. It’s the perfect social beer holiday to usher in the rich flavors of the fall.
Here are some beer recommendations for Oktoberfest brews to go with your schnitzel, spatzle and sauerkraut - and the occasional Oompah Band....
Great Lakes Oktoberfest - Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio: Amber lager with notes of bread and spicy noble hops. 6.5% abv.
Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG, Aying, Germany: Toasted grains with notes of caramel and a balanced finish. 5.8% abv.
Victory Festbier - Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pennsylvania: Nutty smooth lager brewed with German malts and whole European flower hops. 5.6% abv.
Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG, Munchen, Germany: Notes of toffee, tea and toast, with a hint of herbaceous hops. 6% abv.
If you’re looking to brew at home, the recipe for our our The Beer Chicks’ Der Nackte Brauer Fest Bier is in our new book The Naked Brewer: Fearless Homebrewing, Tips, Tricks, and Rule-Breaking Recipes - Available everywhere October 2nd! Pre-order it here!: Amazon.com/The Naked Brewer