Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

Summit Oktober

Summit’s Oktoberfest is an example of a classic take on the style // Photo courtesy of Summit Brewing

The Beers

The Beer Judge Certification Program describes the Oktoberfest/Märzen style as deep gold to copper colored with bright clarity and a solid, off-white head. The aroma highlights malt with the rich, melanoidin character, a kind toasty caramel, of Vienna and Munich malt being foremost. The malt balance carries into the flavor with some sweetness at the start. Those same toasty melanoidin notes from the aroma also define the flavor. Moderate hop bitterness provides balance without overshadowing the malt. It finishes clean and crisp as a lager should.

With Minnesota’s varied landscape of craft breweries comes equally varied interpretations of Oktoberfest beers. Below is a list of some of to be on the lookout for.

56 Brewing Velvet Hammer Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

612Brew Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery starting Sept. 26

Beaver Island Oktoberfest Märzen Lager – Available at the brewery

Badger Hill Oktoberfest and Anti-Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery starting Oct. 16

Bauhaus Brew Labs Schwandtoberfest – Available in 16 oz. cans and at the brewery

Bemidji Brewing Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Big Wood Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Excelsior Docktoberfest Märzen Lager – Available at the brewery

Fair State Festbier – Available at the brewery and at liquor stores in 22 oz. bottles

The Freehouse No. 15 Oktoberfest – Available at the brewpub

Grand Rounds Vienna Märzen Octoberfest – Available at the brewpub starting Sept. 28

Granite City Oktoberfest – Availability may vary by loction

Great Waters Theresa’s Meadow Oktoberfest – Available at the brewpub

HammerHeart Herbstklagen Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Harriet Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Herkimer Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery starting Oct. 10

LTD Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Lake Superior Brewing Oktoberfest – Available in 12 oz. bottles, at the brewery, and on draft

Lupulin Pumpplefest – Available in October at the brewery

LynLake Ten Seventeen Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery 

Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Schell’s Oktoberfest – Available in 12 oz. bottles, at the brewery, and on draft

Summit Oktoberfest – Available in 12 oz. bottles, at the brewery, and on draft

SurlyFest – Available in 16 oz. cans, at the brewery, and on draft

Urban Growler Mocktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Vine Park Oktoberfest – Available at the brewery

Wabasha Oktoberfest and Squashtoberfest – Available at the brewery starting Oct. 3

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