With the significant change in weather this week, it is inevitable that summer is pretty much over. This also means that there is a brand new season coming our way, fall! Fall is known for beautiful colored leaves, Halloween, football, and all things pumpkin flavored. As you watch the leaves and seasons change, make sure you change up the beer you drink as well!
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During the fall season, there are three main types of seasonal beer; pumpkin beers, fresh hop pale ales, and last but not least, Märzen stlye lagers which are also known as Oktoberfests.
Pumpkin Beer is a great fall classic. It is sweet, rich, creamy, and a dark amber colored beer. Believe it or not, this beer is made with real pumpkins!
Fresh Hop Pale Ales are ideal for someone seeking a strong beer. This beer is rich and crisp in taste, and deep golden in color.
Oktoberfests have been a seasonal favorite for beer lovers everywhere for a very long time. Oktoberfests are stronger and darker than traditional beers. The Oktoberfest beers are called Märzen stlye lagers, because the beer is brewed in March (Märzen) and is not ready to drink until late summer/early fall. Germans have strict standards when brewing their beer, and Oktoberfests follow those standards as well. The standards make sure that when brewing beer, the four main ingredients are precisely defined; barley, hops, malt, and yeast. Oktoberfests leave a lasting aftertaste that will leave you wanting more.
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Many of us know Oktoberfest as the annual festival in Germany, not as a type of beer. Oktoberfest originates all the way back to the year 1810. This huge party started when Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (later crowned King Ludwig I) wanted the people of Munich, Germany to celebrate his wedding day with him and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in October 2, 1810. About 40,000 people attended the royal wedding in an area of Munich that was later renamed to “Theres’a Fields” for the bride. The celebration included horse races and a bountiful spread of beer and food for all. The celebration continues annually, but has extended the party to be 16 days long!
Oktoberfest is now the largest festival in the world – essentially a block party filled with tents that breweries sponsor every year. Every year nearly 6 million people in search of food and beer attend Oktoberfest. Munich goes through about 5 million liters of beer in the 16 days that the festival lasts! This year marks the 179th anniversary of the festival, which kicks off on September 22nd, with a parade that travels 4 miles long.
As the Germans would say, “prost” or “cheers!”
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