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The Best Beers for Celebrating Oktoberfest Without a Plane Ticket


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The Best Beers for Celebrating Oktoberfest Without a Plane Ticket

Ah, autumn. The kids return to school, weekends fill up with football, and the leaves begin to change colors and fall. ‘Tis a sacred but solemn time as we close up shop on another summer, and pack away shorts and sandals in favor of flannels, jeans, and that favorite pair of long socks.

With a change of clothes comes a change in liquid diet. Our fridge of beer needs to satisfy that middle ground between the light, quaffable styles of summer and the robustness of winter stouts and barleywines. Lucky for us, there’s a style for that. The Germans mastered it, and now more and more American breweries are trying their hand at replication.

Another term for Oktoberfest is Märzen, which is both a beer style and the event (and “March” in German). So, for the sake of clarity, I’m going to use the word “Märzen” throughout when referring to the beer, and Oktoberfest when referring to the event held in Munich each September. A Märzen is defined by it’s mild hop profile; it’s rich in toasted malts, full-bodied with a strong caramel color. The ABV ranges somewhere between 5-6 percent, on average.   :snip:  https://www.hopculture.com/

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