Just in case you may have forgotten, beer is the drink synonymous with Oktoberfest – surprise!
The beer served most often in Munich at Oktoberfest events is a dark copper color beer with a medium to high alcohol content at about 5%-6% ABV. It is labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style.
The name Märzenbier is derived from the word March which is Märzen in German. In Germany March is when the brewing was finished and the brews were kept in cold storage through the summer months to protect it from the hot weather and bacterial infections.
Here in America the craft style beers made are different from German beer. The ingredients available in Germany are different than those used in the states which results in slightly different styles and flavors.
You can find many fall craft style beers in most markets across the country. If you enjoy beer and brats you can choose a fall craft beer to celebrate Oktoberfest in style.
Enjoy the festivities at Oktoberfest and learn to do the polka, cheer on the contestants of a sauerkraut eating competition or enter the Hammerschlagen contest.
Hammerschlagen? you ask . . . It’s an Oktoberfest game requiring hand-eye coordination. You’ll have to use a certain type of wedge-shaped hammer to strike a nail flush into a tree stump. Hey, you never know how strong you really can be.