Okay, readers, it’s time for a brief history lesson.
Octoberfest, as a concept and event, has it’s roots in the German town of Munich. It was there that a festival and horse race was held to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese.
The event was repeated, and gradually expanded to include carnival games and rides, parades, and an agricultural fair.
In 1887, beer started to have increased focus with the traditional opening parade of breweries and their kegs. While the horse races are a distant memory, the carnival and festivities remain today, as well as the beer.
Quick note about the beer: A traditional Oktoberfest is like Champagne. To be considered a true Oktoberfest, the beer must be brewed in strict accordance to the Bavarian Purity Law, be over 6% ABV, and be brewed within the city limits of Munich.
Which is why, delicious as it is, Due South’s Oktoberfest (Marzen, 5.4% ABV, 25 IBU) isn’t an Oktoberfest in the truest sense of the word unless the city of Boynton Beach up and moved and I know nothing about it.
That being said, I love marzens. I love, love, love them. My wife loves fall because of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the changing colors, I love marzens.
They’re absolutely perfect, and Due South created a great one that luckily is being canned and lightly distributed. It’s a rich, warming beer, that has a beautifully ready aroma and a deep orange color.
The flavor is boldly caramel and yeasty, very much a malt-forward beer for which the noble hops rightfully take a back seat. It’s very similar to a traditional Belgian, without the distinctive aroma from the Belgian yeast.
Fall makes me happy, because I get to take a good beer with a deep historical background and marry the two together. Because marriage was how the whole event started, anyway. But if you can’t swing the flight to Germany, heading to a local store and getting a pack of Oktoberfest is the next best thing.
Of course, Due South could fly me to Germany because they love me so much (I’m not holding my breath, though).
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