Monthly Archives: September 2008

Oktoberfest Week: The big one starts today!

Today is the first official day of Oktoberfest, and right now thousands of people are milling around Munich right now and the first keg has been tapped. (In fact, according to the official festival site, it’s the 175th Oktoberfest. I wish I could say I planned Theme Week to coincide with such an anniversary, but it was all happenstance.) Since many of us can’t be there (I’ll get there someday…), at least the internet gives … Continue reading →

Oktoberfest Week: Links and miscellany

Various items of an Oktoberfest nature to ruminate on. First up, Kevin McCloskey submitted this a couple of weeks ago: I’ve never heard of this combination before so I gave it a try. Sam Adams Octoberfest with Guiness. Like a black and tan but changing out the Bass with Octoberfest. These two brews are perfect together in my opinion. I call it simply a "Black October". Give a try, I think you will be hooked … Continue reading →

Oktoberfest Week: Bayern Oktoberfest Lager

That’s right, a new beer review tonight rather than a rerun. I found Bayern Oktoberfest Lager today and of course picked some up. Bayern Brewing, based in Montana, bills itself as "the only German microbrewery in the Rockies" and brews strictly according to the Reinheitsgebot. Check out the beer’s pedigree, according to their site: This beer is not just called Oktoberfest-it is Oktoberfest beer. It is brewed according to the standards of the Brewers’ Guild … Continue reading →

Oktoberfest Week: Re-review: Spaten Oktoberfest

Last year about this time I reviewed another classic example of the Oktoberfest style: Spaten Oktoberfest (green bottle version). Even though there’s a brown bottle edition, the green is what seems to be the most widely available, at least around here—Costco is currently selling it by the case and it’s all green. Here’s my original review: Appearance: Super clear, the color of a shiny new copper penny. Bubbles beading and rising from the bottom to … Continue reading →

Oktoberfest Week: Re-review: JosephsBrau Oktoberfest

Another past review of an Oktoberfest beer, this one from 2006: JosephsBrau Oktoberfest. The JosephsBrau line of beers is the one contracted by Trader Joe’s and brewed by Gordon Birsch; generally I find they have varying quality and I found this one lacking for the style—though at the time it was cheap so worth it. (I very much doubt you’d find it as cheap as $3.99 per six-pack any more.) My original review: Appearance: Very … Continue reading →