The first time we had Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest was back in 2010. Even then, it skyrocketed to what we considered one of the best festbiers in brewed in America.
11 years later, neither this beer, or our opinion have changed. (Besides the label.)
Summer is flying by, as it always seems after Independence Day. You’re not out of July before oktoberfests start popping up – mainly because of the lead time to produce a lager like this.
Maybe after all years, it’s worth saying. This beer is as timeless as it is delicious. It’s toasty, light colored, rich, full-bodied, crisp and clean. German inspired, but American brewed. Yet another reason to love fall.
For the 11th time we announce this beer hitting shelves again. If you haven’t, perhaps it’s time to grab a stein and go for it.
Hops: Hallertau Mittlefrue & German Spalt Select
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Vienna, Caramel, Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release.
5% ABV 25 IBU’s
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Wild Heaven Fest Beer returns for a second time this week.
A few years ago, brewery co-founder Eric Johnson debuted Autumn Defense, his rendition of the fall transitive beer. Defense was an ale, with a pronounced bright citrus flavor and brewed heavy-handedly with Munich malt. A festbier in spirit, but as Johnson admits – not very traditional.
Wild Heaven Fest Beer follows a more traditional path. This release is a true Marzen lager, which features the Grungeist hop. “That hop is amazing,” Johnson says. ” I believe it has Hallertauer parentage and has a rosewater flavor like Tettnanger that works so well with the lightly toasted malt.”
It’s a result you can taste. It’s fall lager season and this beer really is every bit Octoberfest that you are craving as the leaves change.
Wild Heaven Fest Beer will be available on draft and 12-ounces cans for a limited time starting this week.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid September 2019
Ska Brewing Oktoberfest returns as a seasonal release this month. A Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner for the style in 2018, as European Beer Star Gold.
A malty lager with an amber-brown color imparted by nutty, bread, toasty Munich and Vienna malts. With a clean, neutral yeast flavor–it’s all about the malt.
Ska Brewing Oktoberfest is taps August 2nd, at the brewery in Durango, Colorado. Available in 12-ounce cans and draft, seasonally.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: August 2019
6.1% ABV, 22 IBUs
Image: Ska Brewing
Payette Brewing Oktoberfest returns to the Boise, Idaho based brewery’s taps on August 5th.
The beer has been a part of Payette’s seasonal lineup for five years now. Back in 2016, the brewery launched this lager in cans for the first time.
Here’s our take on the classic Märzen Style Lager, for the original festival that celebrates beer – with beer. Our Oktoberfest goes well with sauerkraut, brauts and a pair of lederhosen. It has a rich body, smooth flavor and notes of sweet caramel malt that are like polka music to your mouth.
Payette Oktoberfest will be available in August in 12-ounce cans and draft. Additionally, the brewery will host their own Oktoberfest again September 20th.
Hops: Hallertau Mittlefruh
Malts: Acidulated, Munich, Pilsner, Vienna
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Aug-Sept.
Debut Cans: August 2016
Latest Return: 8/5/19
5.9% ABV, 10 IBUs
Sam Adams OctoberFest is already on taps as July winds down. The fest beer is one of the most popular and widely distributed of the style in the United States.
Boston Beer Company (and now Dogfish Head) first released Octoberfest in 1989. Since then, the beer has won numerous awards, as well as being the focus of the brewery’s annual Stein Hoisting Competition.
With this beer we honor the more than 200-year tradition of Oktoberfest in Munich and celebrate the turning of the seasons with our deep, rich lager and time-honored stein hoisting competitions. – Jim Koch, brewery founder
Sam Adams OctoberFest 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.
Dry County Oktoberfest will debut in August.
This all-German malt, hops and yeast lager is set to debut as summer winds down. The Kennesaw, Georgia based brewery has been developing this recipe for over a year.
12-ounce cans and draft of Dry County Oktoberfest will be available sometime in August. The exact release date has not been set.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: August 2019
In 2015, Sierra Nevada released an Oktoberfest ahead of the fall season. Instead of simply brewing the beer in the German tradition (releasing it for their on-site fest parties), Sierra Nevada took it a step further. They began collaborating with some of the best German breweries in the world.
The first edition was quite a masterpiece- combining Sierra Nevada’s hardcore brewing quality with Brauhaus Riegele’s 600+ years of brewing experience. A different kind of festbier and you could certainly taste it.
For the 2019 release, Sierra Nevada has selected Bitburger Brewery. Based in Bitburg, Germany, Bitburger lays claim to one of the top breweries in sales volume in their home country. Founded in 1817 by Johann Wallenborn, the brewery’s pilsner sells over 1 million U.S. barrels annually.
This year’s Oktoberfest edition is brewed with Bitburger’s Siegelhopfen (meaning “sealed hops”)—a classified hop blend that has never been shared outside the German brewery walls, according to Sierra Nevada. Additionally, Bitburger offered their signature house yeast, also never shared outside of their own brewing operations.
“We are thrilled to be brewing together with our friends from the iconic Sierra Nevada Brewery. Not only are we united by our passion for exceptional beer and truly unique hop flavors, we also share a long history of transatlantic exchange, leading to this exciting collaboration.” – Jan Niewodniczanski, Managing Director of Bitburger
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019 will be available just once in 12-ounce bottles and draft starting in late July 2019.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-Time Release.
Debut: Late July 2019