Oktoberfest In Duluth
A Delicious Season in Beer City
Another fantastic summer has come to an end and our favorite beer drinking season is here! It’s Oktoberfest in Duluth!
Before we do a quick round-up of local Oktoberfest brews, we thought it might be fun to provide a bit of insight on the style. According to the Brewers Association Style Guidelines, this European lager is a clear, medium-bodied straw to golden colored brew with a sweet, bready malt flavor and low bitterness. The American version of this classic German style is distinguished by a slightly more pronounced hop character, a red hue, and a lightly toasted flavor with a hint of caramel. As you’ll see below, there is a wide variety of creative interpretation within this profile .
After a long, busy summer Oktoberfest brews get me fired up for beer drinking every September. I’m excited to share with you a few of our favorites.
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Duluth Oktoberfest Brews
Hoops Brewing: # 67 Hoops Oktoberfest Wiesn Bier
Dave and his team certainly share our love of Oktoberfest beers. According to the notes that Dave sent me, the #67 Oktoberfest Wiesn Bier is brewed in strict accordance with the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516 using the best natural ingredients. It has the character of a typically light bottom-fermented festival beer – a deep golden yellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops. Full-bodied, wonderfully light and slightly sweet a beer that enjoys life.
Fitger’s Brewhouse: Festbier
According to Fitger’s Head Brewer, Alex “Coke” Chocholousek, this year’s Festbier is less of an Americanized Oktoberfest Marzen, and more along the lines of the traditional beer that is served at Oktoberfest in Munich – it’s a little lighter in color and body and slightly less sweet while maintaining all the nice malty, bready notes that good festbiers are known for. As expected, this brew is highly drinkable.
Canal Park Brewing Company: Joyride Antic Oktoberfest
This traditional, festive German lager is characterized by a perfect blend of rich toasty malts and noble hop character. Canal Park Brewing releases their Oktoberfest beer every September and they only make one batch. As you can imagine, it goes pretty fast! Luckily, they follow it up with a Vienna Marzen Oktoberfest, which is a deeper and maltier Oktoberfest.
Earth Rider Brewing: Festbier
Earth Rider’s Festbier was released during their 2nd Anniversary party on Saturday, September 7th. Their Munich-style Festbier is a golden lager with bready malt character and subdued floral-hop aroma. It is available on draft and in cans.
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Ursa Minor Brewing: Oktoberfest
Ursa’s Oktoberfest brew has distinct caramel aroma with a complex malt profile. It’s a well balanced recipe that finishes nice and crisp – especially for a malt-forward beer. According to Head Brewer, Mark Hugus, Oktoberfest is the perfect fall beer. Mark had this to say about the style: “I love Oktoberfest beers because they are so fitting for the time of year. They are nice and malty which I love as the temps start to drop, but they aren’t overly sweet or heavy beers – which makes them very drinkable.” Well said.
Lake Superior Brewing: Oktoberfest
Lake Superior’s Oktoberfest is a World Beer Championship Gold medal winner and it goes fast. For good reason. This is one of our favorites Oktoberfests in an already amazing field of fest biers. The Oktoberfest märzen is crisp and colorful. It sits easy on the tongue and finishes clean. Yum.