The Taste Test: Blind Tasting 48 Oktoberfests

No beer style in the world is more appropriate for its season than Oktoberfest. It’s right there in the name—a celebration of autumn. Balancing the richness of Munich malt with the subtle spice of noble German hops, each sip of Oktoberfest practically feels like the leaves crunching beneath your feet. It’s tempting to think of … [ Read more]

Was Ist Oktoberfest? A brief history of Germany’s biggest festival and the beer that defines it

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest and best-known of Germany’s many Volksfeste. These “people’s festivals” feature beer and wine tents plus live entertainment, parades, and carnival midways and rides. Tied to the agrarian rhythms of planting and harvest, or sometimes in commemoration of seasonal markets or liturgical events, Volksfeste are held in spring, summer or autumn … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Oktoberfests are coming! Plus, State Fair specialty beers are announced

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse introduces a new Oktoberfest

Even though it’s only August, Third Street Brewhouse is ready for Oktoberfest. The Cold Spring, Minnesota brewery has crafted its latest seasonal beer, Oktoberfest Session Marzen, done in the traditional style of the deep amber, full-bodied Austrian and German märzen. With an ABV at 4.6%, it was about “balancing the maltiness,” according to Karl Schmitz, Third … [ Read more]

Prost! Digging Down on the Origins of Oktoberfest

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. It’s been held nearly every year on the famous Theresienwiese since 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Bavaria. Ironically, beer was reportedly not a central feature of that first fest—although I … [ Read more]