Drinkers from all over the world will soon raise their glasses to celebrate the Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world.
The German tradition began in 1810 when it was the wedding celebration of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It will be held every year since then, but war, cholera and especially COVID-19 Except during the epidemic period.
The typical Oktoberfest beer is a malt-colored, amber-colored beer called Märzen, which means March or the historically brewed month, and is then enjoyed in autumn. However, if you visit the Oktoberfest which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, you will not find Märzen there often. Instead, beer tents serve festbier, a lighter golden style introduced by Paulaner in the 1970s, and according to the brewery, it was specifically designed to be “more easily mashed.”
When it comes to Märzen, breweries are often loyal to traditions, so take advantage of the beer season to grab one.
Märzen of Prost Brewing Co.
Prost means “cheers” in German, and as the name of this Denver brewery implies, it is deeply influenced by German beer brewing traditions. This includes in most cases complying with the country’s purity law Reinheitsgebot, which stipulates that beer can only be made from barley, hops, water and yeast. Prost’s Märzen is a medium-bodied amber beer with a toasted malt flavor and a clean aftertaste.
Six packs of cans are now available throughout Colorado.
Oktoberfest in Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Is there a better place to find beer than a brewery that specializes in beer production? For Märzen, Bierstadt uses a German brewing method called decocting, in which the brewer repeatedly takes out part of the wort, heats it, and then puts it back into the wort tank to warm up the wort. The result is a rich 5.6% ABV amber beer, the bitterness of hops is enough to offset the sweetness of malt and finish dry.
Drafts and cans will be provided at the press conference held at the brewery (2875 Blake St, Denver) on September 18, as well as drafts and cans for the entire Denver area.
Amber beer from Irvine Brewing Company
Amber’s Lager from Irwin Brewing Co. of Crested Butte is a traditional German-style Märzen beer-and 2020 American Oktoberfest Gold Medal Prove this. This 5.5% alcohol beer will exude the aroma of toast and caramel, as well as the unique crispness of beer. Fun fact: The brewery uses this recipe all year round, so the Oktoberfest is not limited to one season.
It can now be sold in cans in the brewery’s bar public house (202 Elk Ave., Crested Butte) and liquor stores throughout the Gunnison Valley.
Docktoberfest by Dry Dock Brewing Co.
This cleverly named beer has a biscuit-like aroma and rich malt flavor, and will be one of several German styles served during the annual event of the same name by Dry Dock Brewing Co.. On September 18th, stop at the South Dock location (15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora) to enjoy the city mayor and the Oktoberfest ceremonies at Docktoberfest, Helles, Hefeweizen and Dunkel.
Available in drafts for two Dry Dock locations in Aurora on September 18th, as well as in crowlers.
Oktoberfest at Ska Brewing Co.
Ska Brewing Co.’s recipe is made entirely of Munich and Vienna malt, and won the gold medal in the Vienna Lager category at the 2018 American Oktoberfest. Viennese beer is generally bitter and lighter than traditional Märzen, but malt is still the star, making this style a suitable match for this season.
There are now six packs of 12 ounce cans in Colorado.
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