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
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest is back in action to start August.
This malt-forward beer first debuted in 1997. Brewed with Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops, plus three different types of Munich-style malt.
A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening.
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce cans and draft from August through October.
Hops: Hallertau, Czech Saaz
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: August 2018
6.6% ABV, 14 IBUs
Image: Saint Arnold
Great Divide Hoss Oktoberfest is back in the Denver, Colorado brewery’s as July comes to a close.
It may seem a little early to be thinking Oktoberfest beers, but lagers really are perfect year round. Great Divide Hoss is among one of Beer Street Journal’s favorite festbier styles. Fans of a malty lager will very much enjoy this plaid laden beverage.
HOSS is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.
Great Divide Hoss is a seasonal release on draft and 12-ounce cans.
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft.
Latest Return: Late July 2018
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Summer is winding down, and fest beers are arriving. Left Hand Oktoberfest marks the transition into cooler days.
If the brewery is continuing their brewing trend, Left Hand started work on this malty lager this past spring. It takes two months to perfect.
In the past thanks to the pains of brewery expansions, Oktoberfest wasn’t found in every market. Fans will be happy to know it’s in all the brewery’s markets these days. Fest follows this summer’s Good JuJu in the seasonal lineup.
Pouring a brilliant copper in color, the mÃ¤rzen lager entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. Oktoberfest begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.
Left Hand Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.
Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select
Malts: Munich and Pilsner
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Fun Fact: Head Brewer Guenzel’s silhouette is blended in the left side of lion’s mane, a signature feature of many of Left Hand’s beer labels.