For many of us, autumn means getting equal parts excited and infuriated by pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school specials. For beer lovers, it means Oktoberfests. Oktoberfestbier, or festbier, is another term for Märzen lager, a German style that was historically brewed in March, to be enjoyed during the fall harvest. The beer style is characteristically […]
As temperatures cool and leaves begin to change, American beer drinkers turn to perhaps the most seasonal brew of all: Oktoberfest. Macro and craft breweries roll out versions of the traditional Bavarian style. As a result, those of us celebrating stateside assume we know Oktoberfest beers like the backs of our stein-holding hands.