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]

Find your Gemütlichkeit at all the 2019 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

While Minnesotans are probably best known for our Scandinavian heritage, the German people and their descendants have been inextricably tied to our state’s cultural history since the first settlers put down roots in our state. These settlers spread the Volksfest traditions of their homeland all around the state, so we have them to thank for … [ 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: From Munich to Minnesota, Oktoberfest officially kicks off

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke! Hoist a stein at all the 2018 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen with the most boisterous party Munich had ever known, inviting everyone in the city to partake in the festivities. The party finally wrapped up five (!) days later with a final horse race. Thus began the annual … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Harvest season brings brewers a bounty of fresh hops

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief ■ Summit Oktoberfest It’s my favorite season of the year: Oktoberfest. As I search for a beer to fill (and refill) my stein with during the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

O’zapft is: Tapping into all the Oktoberfest events this fall in Minnesota

The official Oktoberfest may kick off next weekend in Munich, Germany, for its 184th year, but here in the Midwest we’re getting a jumpstart on the festivities. Starting Friday, September 8 and running through mid-October, breweries, restaurants, and event organizers are inviting you to dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, order up some brats mit kraut, … [ 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]

The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 26 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Much was learned at The Growler and Northern Brewer’s first blind tasting of a formidable field of 53 Minnesota-made American IPAs. Our first blind tasting earlier this year gave us a snapshot of the state of brewing in Minnesota through the lens of a ubiquitous style. We sampled IPAs that fell short of expectations and … [ Read more]

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Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest … [ 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]

Sierra Nevada collaborates with Mahrs Bräu for 2016 Oktoberfest

Germans know their beer—especially when it comes to the Oktoberfest style. So it made sense last year when Sierra Nevada announced it would collaborate with a different German brewer each year on a special Oktoberfest beer to explore the history and the various interpretations of the style. For 2016, Sierra Nevada is working alongside Mahrs Bräu, a family-owned … [ Read more]

Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese in 1810, he probably had no idea he was starting what would become the world’s biggest annual beer festival. Oktoberfest is a German tradition that has—not surprisingly—established solid roots here in Minnesota. Today, it’s not hard to find … [ Read more]

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