As we are now just starting the fall season after a beautiful hot summer, beer styles start to change. The light, refreshing lagers give way to beers with more flavors more suitable for cooler temperatures. This does not have to mean heavy black stouts, but more malty lagers and spiced ales.
For the drinker who is looking for beer with more flavor but not excessive heaviness, this is a great time of year. The seasonal roll out of Oktoberfest beers give us a selection of malty brews that are still dry, that is thirst quenching. This style of beer originated in Germany and without giving a history lesson it was served during a royal wedding celebration which lasted for a few weeks in Munich. Prior to refrigeration beer was not allowed by German law to be brewed in the summer months because it simply tasted awful. Brewers had to make their beer in March, store it in wood casks in caves and cellars to keep it cool so that the supply would last the summer. Because wooden casks were very expensive and perhaps the precursor to “Born on” dating, all this beer had to be consumed or wasted when cooler weather returned in the fall. Prior to and until this day Oktoberfest is still celebrated as a beer drinking festival, the original style of the beer is labeled “UR MARZEN” (March)
Oktoberfests available at Atlas
Bavarian Marzen is typified by its copper red color, faint spice, dry with a full bodied maltiness. These beers are great by themselves or superb with pork, any sausage dish, pastrami etc
- Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen
- Hofbrau Oktoberfest
- Spaten Oktoberfest
- Warsteiner Octoberfest
- Becks Octoberfest
American Fest Beers available at Atlas
Perhaps one of the greatest compliments to American craft brewing, Michael Jackson (yes the great beer columnist) wrote that the German brewers have for the most part forgotten their many traditional brewing styles for a more universal style of lager, leaving it to the Americans to keep alive the art of seasonal beer brewing. Taste some of these truly great beers yourself!
- Samuel Adams Octoberfest (intense malt well balanced with noble hops)
- Harpoon Octoberfest
- Wachusett Octoberfest
As to the other type of beer mentioned above, the spiced ales, Atlas stocks local favorites The common flavoring available at this time is pumkin, and the spices associated with it. These beers are very drinkable, and they range from lightly spiced to almost overboard. If you are looking to serve these beers with food, they go great with (surprise) spicy dishes, Thai and Indian, especially curry. Another conversation point is trying to guess exactly what spice is in the beer. Good luck and enjoy!
Seasonal Spiced Beers available at Atlas
- Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale
- Shipyard Pumpkinhead
- Post Road Pumkin
- Jacks Pumkin Spice Ale
Contact us regarding availability or any other questions, just ask for the Beer Buffoon. As always at Atlas we wish to serve our customers better than everyone else. If you have any suggestions or comments to help us meet that end, please let us know.