Way back on October 12th of 1810, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of the day, Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen were married in Munich and a five day party followed. Over the years the annual celebration expanded, to include such events as tree climbing competitions, wheelbarrow and sack races, mush eating contests, barrel rolling races, and goose chases.
Today, the celebration is a giant event attracting over 6 million people each year to Munich, where they consume 1.5 million gallons of beer over 16 days. The six breweries that provide the Marzen style beer for the Munich event are; Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten.
This style is a malt forward amber colored beer with a noble hop character usually hovering at or just under the 6% abv range. Both full flavored and refreshing, the style pairs most all foods including classic ‘fest foods like fried pork, sauerkraut, pretzels, and sausage. There are countless options on our new fall menu. This beer also pairs well with Saturday college football and grilling out.
We have some excellent Oktoberfest beers currently on draft, featuring Germany’s Ayinger and Colorado’s Left Hand. We also have fresh cans of Common Roots Fritzi, their take on a Marzen inspired by the brewer’s Grandmother Elfriede “Fritzi” Weber. Also be on the lookout for Bell’s Oktoberfest, a wonderfully refreshing take on the style by the Kalamazoo, Michigan brewery giant and one of our favorites, Jack’s Abby Copper Legend. Bring your friends over to share a few pitchers of one of these fine lagers and something warm and comforting off our new fall menu.