The 175th Oktoberfest has begun!
Picture courtesy of Oktoberfest.de, the Official Website
Yes, it's September, but Oktoberfest has been starting in September since 1819, since the Munich town fathers decided that the weather's nicer in September than in October (the same is true in Seattle, for that matter).
We have lots of great Oktoberfest beers headed your way, offering a great variety of tastes.
Since the 1970s the type of beer served at the festival has been a pale lager between 5 and 6% abv, and the terms Oktoberfest and Märzen are used by non-Oktoberfest brewers in Germany and the USA to market pale lagers of this strength. The colour of these lagers may range from pale gold to deep amber, with the darker colours more common in the USA. Hop levels tend not to be distinctive, though some American examples may be firmly hopped. Modern beers sold as Oktoberfest and Märzen in Europe tend not to be too differentiated from other pale lagers of this strength, while older German and American influenced examples will be fairly malty in flavour and inclined to use a range of malts, especially dark malts such as Vienna or Munich.
Here's a tentative list of what you'll see on our Oktoberfest taps in the next month (in alphabetical order):
Alpine Oktoberfest (Oroville, WA)
Baron Brewing (Seattle, WA)
Bayern Oktoberfest (Missoula, MT)
Beck's Oktoberfest (Bremen, Germany)
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Hofbräuhaus Munchen Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Left Hand Oktoberfest (Longmont, CO)
Paulaner Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
Spaten Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
We may even have a few more sneak in as well, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed or this website for updates.
So dust off your lederhosen and dirndls if you're so inclined, exercise your biceps to grab those giant one-liter mugs, and whet your appetite for Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, and the occasional Veggie Burger (it is Seattle, you know). Oktoberfest is here and it will be our biggest and most fun ever!
Want to learn more about Oktoberfest?
The Official Munich Oktoberfest site