Friday Tasting – Oktoberfest Beers

It’s September! You know what that means? Oktoberfest beer! Grab your lederhosen and join us for our free Friday tasting this week!

Oktoberfest beer, also known as Märzen, is brewed in March. Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring then started up again in the fall. The Märzens were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, often in cellars or caves, or brewed at a higher gravity so they wouldn’t perish.

Märzenbier is characteristically a full-bodied lager–rich, toasty, and typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

Wyatt’s is offering you the opPOURtunity to try four great Colordo interpretations of the style from Four Noses, 105 West, Odell, and Ska Brewing.

Tasting hours for this free event on Friday, September 6th will be from 4:00-6:45 pm, at Wyatt’s Outlaw Saloon, in the back of the store.

All of this week’s featured items will be on sale!

As always, all participants must present valid I.D.

Friday Tasting – Oktoberfest Beers & Layer Cake Wines

It’s September! You know what that means? Oktoberfest beer! Grab your lederhosen and join us for our free Friday tasting this week!

Oktoberfest beer, also known as Märzen, is brewed in March. Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring then started up again in the fall. The Märzens were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, often in cellars or caves, or brewed at a higher gravity so they wouldn’t perish.

Märzenbier is characteristically a full-bodied lager–rich, toasty, and typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

Wyatt’s is offering you the opPOURtunity to try four beers that are great interpretations of the style, including two authentic German ones. All of the September 8th Oktoberfest sampling beers are on sale the day of the tasting!

The Farmer’s Daughter Oktoberfest Lager: Brewed by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland, this annual release uses various European specialty malts to create an elegant, complex, rich, malt-forward beer, slightly hopped for balance and lagered for a clean finish. The nose is full of malty complexity with notes of toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. The aromatics transition to the taste buds as the same complexity intermingles on the tongue with a light-medium body, creamy mouthfeel, and a crisp, dry finish. 5% ABV.

Festber: Painstakingly crafted from German malts, this one from Victory Brewing of Downingtown, PA, is subtly sweet with a delicate malt nose, due to its use of all imported German malts, whole flower German hops, and a decoction brewing process. 5.6% ABV.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen: This traditional Oktoberfest Märzen is an authentic Bavarian festival lager from Aying, Germany. It has a deep golden color tinted with amber. Lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops, its medium to big body and alcohol is not overpowering. The soft dryness comes from long maturation. 5.8% ABV.

Hofbräu:  This is the real deal–the official beer serviced in the Hofbräu tent at Oktoberfest! This is a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the world renowned festival itself.

For the wine lovers, we will be tasting selections from Layer Cake .

Tasting hours for this free event on Friday, September 8, 2017, will be from 4:00-6:45 pm, at Wyatt’s Outlaw Saloon, in the back of the store.

All of this week’s featured items will be on sale!

As always, all participants must present valid I.D.

3 Boulder County Oktoberfest beers to drink this weekend

This weekend is the annual Longmont Oktoberfest festival at Roosevelt Park, sponsored by Left Hand Brewing.

The first Oktoberfest was a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It was held just outside Munich and attended by both royalty and the citizens. This legendary event began October 12, 1810, and lasted five days.

The festival eventually became an annual event, focusing on the autumn harvest. The timing was perfect for tapping the year’s local Märzen, which by then was suitably aged and in prime condition for fall consumption.

Dating back a couple centuries, Märzen beers were brewed in the final months (prior to refrigeration) before the heat returned. Märzen literally means “March”. Thanks to its alpine climate, Bavarian brewers were able to store their spring product in cold caves and cellars while it aged for autumn.

To ring in the fall season, despite our prolonged temperatures, here are three local Boulder County Oktoberfest beers that will bring cheer to your celebration.

Left Hand Oktoberfest Märzen

Left Hand Brewing starts brewing this traditional Oktoberfest Marzen in the spring. Its toasted Munich and Pilsner malts creates a dominate biscuity fore flavor and copper color that are complimented by a properly dry, spicy finish from its noble hops. 6.6% ABV.

Wibby Wibtoberfest Märzen

This amber colored lager by one of Longmont’s most exciting breweries carries a refreshing maltiness. Aiming for a more traditional alcohol level, this is a great session beer for the season. Wibtoberfest is rapidly gaining popularity in Boulder County. Look for its blue and white cans at your favorite local liquor store. 5.36% ABV.

Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

One of Avery Brewing’s most decorated beers, this seasonal specialty takes all the traditional Oktoberfest directions then cranks it up to eleven. The Kaiser sports a deep copper sheen with a massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent Noble hops. It’ll make you feel like you can take on the world. Available in 22 ounce bombers. 10.2% ABV.

Oktoberfest beers tend to sell out quickly, especially after a big communal event. You can pick up yours before they’re gone at Wyatt’s. You may even want to pick up some authentic German lagers while you’re here. oktoberfest-beers-2016