While Germany’s Oktoberfest celebration is over, there is still time to enjoy great Oktoberfest beers during early autumn. Traditionally, Oktoberfest beers (known as Märzen) were brewed in the spring and stored in cool cellars and basements over the warm summer. At the beginning of fall, the kegs were finally tapped, and the beer with its sweet malt character, hoppiness, and classic lager finish was used to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese. Now, while most people have long forgotten the origins of Oktoberfest, beer, brats, and polka music set the scene for a successful harvest season. Here are three great beers to celebrate your own version of Oktoberfest, so be sure to grill up some brats, put your lederhosen on, and get your palate ready for these delicious beers.
Hofbrau Oktoberfest is the actual Märzen beer served at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration. Hofbrau Oktoberfest is created especially for the Oktoberfest celebration, and beer lovers can find this in better retailers and beer shops. While brats are a perfect pairing, try this with spicy foods like Mexican and Thai cuisines for interesting alternatives.
Great Lakes Oktoberfest is made in Cleveland, Ohio. German immigrants have been celebrating Oktoberfest in Cleveland since the mid-1800s in outdoor beer gardens. Try this one with sausages, stews, and spicy stews.
Ayinger Oktoberfest Märzen is a full-bodied, flavorful Märzen beer served at a number of German Oktoberfest celebrations. Roast chicken, sauerkraut, and sauerbraten are all great pairings with this beer. Enjoy its bold flavors, but be careful, this beer packs a bit of an alcoholic punch!
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