Wild Heaven Fest Beer returns for a 4th time (if our drinking memory serves us well) this weekend.
A few years ago, brewery co-founder Eric Johnson debuted Autumn Defense, a creative rendition of the popular fall lager. In that case, [Defense] was actually ale, with “pronounced bright citrus flavors, brewed heavy-handedly with Munich malt.” A festbier in spirit, but as Johnson admits – not very traditional. “You’re not a brewer if you’re not experimenting I guess,” Johnson once told us.
Wild Heaven Fest Beer follows a much more traditional path. This release is a true Marzen lager, leaving the idea of an “ale festbier” behind for good. Before even getting to here, tweaks to the recipe were in order. Johnson used Gungeist hops in years 1 and 2 of this release – a European hop of Hallertauer parentage. These hops did make a good lager, but ultimately traditional brewing just wins out. Now the lager is brewed solely with timeless (and traditional) Noble hops from Germany.
Brewing Fest Beer after giving up Autumn Defense was a journey unto itself. The result is definitely worth tasting, especially as fall looms.
Wild Heaven Fest Beer will be available on draft and 12-ounces cans seasonally starting this week.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: Early September 2021
Atlanta, Georgia’s Round Trip Oktoberfest cans will be available starting Friday, September 10th.
The brewery just brought a new canning line online this week, giving the brewery greater flexibility with beers to-go. Round Trip’s cans are currently only available for purchase at the brewery.
Moderately toasted bread flavors and a pleasant sweetness. The tent is open and the gang’s all here.
The lager release arrives ahead of the brewery’s inaugural Oktoberfest events starting September 24th.
Round Trip Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce cans will be available to-go at the brewery starting Friday.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: September 2021
5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs
Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing has released Oktoberfest Lager, in time for fest season.
This brand new limited release, is described by the brewery as a “modern, malt-forward brew,” featuring Leopold Bros Floor-Malted Pilsner.
A sweet, fresh-baked bread nose is followed by light herbaceous hop character and a smooth finish.
In addition to the new beer, the brewery is hosting an Octoberfest at their Flatiron location. The event features the Oktoberfest beer, brats, a stein-hoisting contest and more.
Upslope Oktoberfest is a 12-ounce can and draft offering for a limited time.
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release:
Debut: Late August 2021
5.5% ABV, 22 IBUs
Bell’s Oktoberfest finally returned to bottles after a 5-year hiatus in 2016. Thank the brewery’s (then) much-needed brewhouse expansion for that malty glass of festbier fans had been missing. Now in 2021 it seems Oktoberfest is staying a seasonal.
In the past, this edition of the fall lager is one of the first to sell out. While you are splashing around in the pool in the heat, this beer has been lagering for at least six weeks, just waiting for fall.
With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn.
Bell’s Oktoberfest is now available in 12-ounce bottles, in both 6 & 12 packs and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: August 2021
Image: Beer Street Journal
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
Tucktoberfest Märzen Lager
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