Lagunitas Tuberfest is now available. Part of the brewery’s “One-Hitter” series.
One thing you bank on with the Lagunitas One-Hitter Series – it’s random. Your year will go from hoppy, to sour, to something fest-y like Lagunitas Tuberfest.
Sierra Nevada takes the traditional route by collaborating for a second year with centuries old German breweries. Lagunitas went traditional too. At least until you get to the hop bill. This malt forward lager sets itself apart from other oktoberfest-style beers, thanks to the the ever-so-hot Idaho 7 hops. So many breweries are using them right now for some pretty amazing IPAs.
Why be like everyone else right?
What you’ll taste. Lagunitas Tuberfest is a head-on collision of a malty fest beer you’re chugging as fall rolls around, with the unique Idaho 7 hop. The result in your glass is perfectly put by the brewery… Zing-y. Plus a little bit boozy. 7.5% ABV if you’re asking. This is one fall lager that won’t be blending into the shelve anytime soon.
Lagunitas Tuberfest is available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Hops: Idaho 7
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
Bell’s Oktoberfest has returned to bottles after a 5 year haitus. Thank the brewery’s much needed brewhouse expansion for that malty glass of festbier you’ve been missing.
We’ve noticed that in the years Oktoberfest hit shelves, it was one of the first in that seasonal style to sell out. New for 2016: the packaging and logo have been refreshed alongside so many in the Bell’s portfolio.
“Octoberfest is a brewery and a fan favorite, one that we get a lot of questions about,” -Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.
Bell’s Oktoberfest is now available in 12 ounce bottles, in both 6 & 12 packs.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: August, 2016
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest returns again this year after taking a “light” year in 2015.
Last year the brewery only brewed a single batch destined for draft accounts. The beer wasn’t packaged.
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest aka “Paso Marzen Beer” honors the classic style, but throws in a touch of west coast hoppiness. The ingredients all come from Germany. This year it returns in 16 ounces cans.
“Malty sweetness and subtle honey-like aromas take the lead on this beer, but there’s also a subtext of noble hop spiciness…It’s mellow and rounded, and has a beautiful autumn orange hue.” – Firestone Walker brewmaster, Matt Brynildson
The name “Oaktoberfest” is a nod to the brewery’s hometown of Paso Robles, California, which means “Pass of the Oaks.”
Four packs of Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest are now shipping to the brewery’s entire distribution network.
Hops: Hallertau Tradition
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal release.
Latest Return: Mid-August, 2016
Image: Firestone Walker
It’s oktoberfest season once again. Jekyll Brewing Seven Bridges is releasing now, the first time it has ever been bottled.
Two years ago, the Alpharetta, Geogia based brewery debuted the lager on draft, only to find a high demand for it. As the brewery has been growing over the past few years, the brewing team squeezed some room to bottle Seven Bridges finally.
“This is a challenging style for a brewer, as this beer requires more brew and tank time than others, and special attention needs to be paid to fluctuations in temperature levels and yeast management throughout the brew process…” – Josh Rachel, Jekyll Brewing co-owner & brewmaster.
Jekyll Brewing Seven Bridges features Munich malts, as well as Tettnanger hops following the old world recipes fairly closely. The name, however, is very southern.
Seven Bridges refers to the purportedly haunted CCC Road (Seven Bridges Road) in Rome, Georgia. Legend has it that if one travels East to West, he or she will count seven bridges on the way in. However, going west to east, there are only six…
Jekyll Brewing Seven Bridges is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering, from mid-August until October.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Distribution: GA, TN, SC
Latest Return: August, 2016
In 2015, Sierra Nevada bottled their Oktoberfest for the first time. While the brewery has released editions of this style in the past, the bottled release was a collaboration with Brauhaus Riegele from Augsburg, Germany. Each year, Sierra will collaborate with a different German brewery.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2016 is a collaboration brew with Bamberg, Germany’s Mahrs Brau. While Sierra Nevada has 35 years of commercial brewing under their belt, Mahrs Brau boasts a few more. The family-owned brewery was founded in 1670.
“We’re excited to be working together with Mahrs Bräu,” said Ken Grossman, “We have so much in common with them in the way we approach brewing, and the way we run our businesses. We’re both independent, family-owned breweries with a respect for tradition, yet we’re not handcuffed by it. We’re not afraid to innovate and to change things up. We both care deeply about the environment, and work to make our respective beers with a mindful eye on how that impacts the world around us.”
This year’s edition (if we recall correctly) is lighter in both body and color when compared to last year’s edition. Flavor is very malt forward, with a touch of straw and sweet malt. A very crisp, and very clean beer. Sierra Nevada’s attention to absolute quality meets hundreds of years of Mahrs Brau craft.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2016 is hitting shelves in 12 ounce bottles and draft nationally. Reminder, this year is different from last year’s release.
Hops: German Magnum, Palisade, Saphir, Crystal, German Record
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Steffi Pilsner, Munich, Vienna
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: August, 2016
Sam Adams Oktoberfest is hitting shelves once again in 2016. The beer is one of the most popular in the United States.
Our vIn 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince’s wedding with a special beer and 16 day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel creating a brew that’s perfect for the season, or whatever you’re celebrating.
Sam Adams Oktoberfest is available in 12oz Bottles, cans, and draft, seasonally.
Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger, Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Availability: 12oz bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Wild Heaven Autumn Defense returns again in late August. This year, the brewery will can this fall beer for the first time.
The recipe has changed a little bit since it’s first release. It wasn’t until 2015 that Wild Heaven Autumn Defense became true festbier. It sold so well last fall, Wild Heaven knew it had to be canned in 2016. Note: we mentioned earlier this was a lager. It’s actually an ale, that tastes like the popular Oktoberfest style.
Above is the can design for Autumn Defense, courtesy of the brewery’s co-founder, Nick Purdy.
Wild Heaven Autumn Defense will be available on draft and in 12 ounce cans in late August/early September. The brewery is planning an Oktoberfest party on September 24th.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal.
Can Debut: Late August, 2016