Fall Is Not Just About Pumpkin Beer! October 08 2014
Fall, one of the greatest times of the year is here. The greatest thing about fall is not the changing of the leaves or the temperature dropping...it's the beer. Now, we all know that pumpkin beer has been stealing the beer spotlight for a while, and most can agree that pumpkin beer is definitely fall in liquid form. However, before we give pumpkin beer all the glory, we cannot forget the original fall beer, the Oktoberfestbier. Also known as the Märzen, true Oktoberfestbier is beer that is brewed only by the breweries within the city limits of Munich, Germany. These breweries are also the breweries that participate in Munich's annual Oktoberfest. These breweries include, Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten. Märzen/Oktoberfest beers that are brewed outside the city limits, or in any other part of the world for that matter, are an Oktoberfest-style beer.
The Oktoberfestbier is not brewed in October as one might think, but in the winter all the way until the beginning of spring. During the hot summer months, in the early years of Bavarian beer brewing, beer would not keep very well and was difficult to brew. Because of this, brewers learned that if they kept these beers in cold temperatures and in dark cellars, the beer would last longer and not taste sour or spoiled. Therefore, during the winter, brewers would work longer hours to make many well hopped (because hops act as a preservative) and strong beers. These beers would then begin to be released during the spring and summer months, when beer was difficult to brew, and eventually they would release the last of them in the fall to make room for the next batch of beers to be kept in the cellars until the following summer.
Here, at The Porch, we have a couple of Märzen beers available. Currently, we have Cigar City's Oktoberfestbier on tap, Ayinger's Oktoberfestbier in bottle, and a 5 liter Hofbräu mini keg available too!
Märzen/Oktoberfestbiers are usually between 5%-6% in ABV and are usually a deep amber color.
Come on down to The Porch and enjoy an Oktoberfest beer before they're all gone!
You can learn more about Märzen/Oktoberfestbier here: http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Oktoberfestbier.html