818. Upland Brewing – Oktoberfest Bavarian Style Lager
Oct06

818. Upland Brewing – Oktoberfest Bavarian Style Lager

I was supposed to play golf with my father-in-law today, but the rain prevented that. And, my son was sick again today, so I had to stay home with him for a bit. After a nice lunch with my wife, I came home and decided to crack open a beer while working on some things around the house. Since it’s Oktoberfest, I decided to have this one. It was given to me by my friend Kevin who brought me several beers from Indianapolis....

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806. Rhinegeist Brewery – Franz Oktoberfest
Feb21

806. Rhinegeist Brewery – Franz Oktoberfest

It’s Saturday night and my wife went out with her friends and I’ve got the kiddos. In addition, I started a new diet, which only lets me have beer one day a week. So after having a Hop Slam and a Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter, I had this beer. It’s one of the beers my sister brought me from her trip to Cincinnati. The can says, “an untraditional Oktoberfest bier, with rich and nutty Munich and Vienna malts...

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749. SanTan Brewing – Oktoberfest
Nov28

749. SanTan Brewing – Oktoberfest

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and we had a wonderful time yesterday with the family here at our house. I had plenty of my homebrew on tap, as well as lots of food. Today, I had to work from home, because with my new job I still don’t have a lot of vacation saved up. So, after getting plenty of work done, I decided to crack open this canned craft beer. SanTan Brewing sent me this beer a couple of months ago to try, and I...

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734. Solemn Oath Brewing – Oktöberface
Sep22

734. Solemn Oath Brewing – Oktöberface

As you could see in my last couple of posts, I’m in Chicago for work, and thanks to @SubBeerBia I got some some recommendations for places to hit in the Chicago suburbs, including Lunar Brewing and Beer House Chicago. I already stopped at Lunar Brewing and had their Moondance IPA and Hopping Cow Cream Ale. So, the next stop was Beer House Chicago where I ordered a burger from Tom & Eddie’s next door and sat at the bar....

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670. Penn Brewery – Märzen
Feb04

670. Penn Brewery – Märzen

I’m home from work a bit early and the snow is just starting to fall. Everyone’s in a bit of a panic, since we’re supposed to get between 8-10 inches of snow tonight. After throwing some salt on the driveway, I reached in the beer fridge and grabbed this beer. My dad and sister gave me this beer, along with many others, when they stopped at the brewery for lunch when they were in Pittsburgh. The bottle says,...

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607. Allgäuer Brauhaus – Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Sep24

607. Allgäuer Brauhaus – Altenmünster Oktoberfest

My family and I are on vacation at Disney, and today we’re visiting EPCOT. I’ve been looking forward to getting around the world showcase to visit the German Pavilion, since we’re here during Oktoberfest. While my son did the “Agent P adventure game,” I decided to grab an Oktoberfest bier from the stand out front with two beautiful, young German women serving beer, and take in the sights and smells (the...

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491. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Oktoberfest Lager
Oct22

491. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Oktoberfest Lager

As I’ve mentioned in my last few reviews of Penn beers (Penn Weizen and Penn Overlook IPA), my dad and sister brought several beers back for me from a recent trip to Pittsburgh. Since there’s only a few days left in the month of October, I thought I’d better have the Oktoberfest beer they brought me. Location: Poured into a large tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.5%...

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Best Beers for Fall
Oct03

Best Beers for Fall

Summer is coming to an end – school has started, football season is about to begin, and the shelves at the local store are starting to fill with pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers.  It’s a time when our tastes start moving from light, crisp, refreshing beers to those with a bit more maltiness and warming alcohol content. For me, I’m not sure there’s anything better than sitting outside on a cool fall evening,...

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Best Oktoberfest Beers
Sep22

Best Oktoberfest Beers

I don’t usually do this, but last October I tried an Oktoberfest challenge.  I tried a different Oktoberfest or Pumpkin beer every day in October.  I learned a lot, and I’ve decided this year, to help you, by posting my favorite Oktoberfest beers. Oktoberfest is a 2-3 week festival held annually in Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October.  It’s an important part of Bavarian culture,...

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu – Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen Draft
Sep14

Hacker-Pschorr Bräu – Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen Draft

This beer is #196 (Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest) on my list, but I took the opportunity to try this beer on tap today.  My birthday was yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.  My dad came to town today and we went out again to celebrate.  We went to Bayern Stube, a German restaurant in Gibson City, IL.  It’s a really interesting place, and since Oktoberfest is about to kick off, I wanted to...

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365. Left Hand Brewing – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
Aug29

365. Left Hand Brewing – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

I’m in Boulder, Colorado for a couple of days for work, and I’m hoping to make the most of it by trying a few new brews.  My hotel was on the north side of Boulder and I was excited to see that Upslope Brewing was right around the corner.  I walked down to the brewery, but unfortunately, it wasn’t open.  So I walked down the street and found this little pizza place that had a few local brews available....

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309. Gordon Biersch, San Jose –  Märzen Draft
Apr25

309. Gordon Biersch, San Jose – Märzen Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m at the Gordon Biersch in the San Jose, California airport while traveling for work.  My flight was delayed, as there’s terrible weather in the Midwest, including around Dallas.  That gives me time to have another beer while they continue to announce more delays to our flight.  I just tried their Maïbock, which was good, so I thought I’d give their Märzen a shot. Location: On tap at...

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259. ABInBev – Michelob Marzen Oktoberfest Style Beer
Jan09

259. ABInBev – Michelob Marzen Oktoberfest Style Beer

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I brought my sister almost a case of homebrews for her and her friends to try.  So, when we came in over Christmas, she brought me a few Michelob beers from a sample she had, which I hadn’t had yet as part of my 1000 beer challenge. The label says, “March Beers, or ‘Marzenbiers,’ were originally brewed at the end of the Bavarian brewing season and stored in caves through the warm...

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216. Shmaltz Brewing – Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Oct31

216. Shmaltz Brewing – Coney Island Freaktoberfest

I had two days left for my Oktoberfest Challenge and only one beer left, so I decided to hold onto this one and enjoy it on Halloween.  It’s been a fun Halloween evening – my son is dressed as Indiana Jones and my daughter dressed as a princess.  I took them out trick-or-treating while my wife stayed home handing out candy.  I enjoyed one of my Russian Imperial Pumpkin beers in a coffee mug while taking the kids around,...

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214. Brauerei Beck & Co – Beck’s Oktoberfest
Oct28

214. Brauerei Beck & Co – Beck’s Oktoberfest

I’m down to the last couple of beers in the beer fridge for my Oktoberfest Challenge, and I think I still need one or two more.  I remember covering Oktoberfest beers during one of our ABNormal Brewers club meetings last year, and remember being somewhat surprised at how much I liked Beck’s Oktoberfest in comparison to the others we tried. So now in the spirit of reviewing it, I thought I’d give it another go around....

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211. Capital Brewery – Fest Seasonal Beer
Oct26

211. Capital Brewery – Fest Seasonal Beer

When I went to Friar Tuck to find more pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests, I managed to find this one.  I assume that since it was out this time of year, and is simply called “Fest Seasonal Beer,” that it is an Oktoberfest beer.  As you can tell, I’m starting to struggle to find beers that qualify for my Oktoberfest Challenge, so if anyone here in town sees anything that would qualify, please let me know.  The bottle...

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210. SABMiller / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing – Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest German-Style Märzen
Oct25

210. SABMiller / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing – Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest German-Style Märzen

It’s starting to get pretty difficult to find Oktoberfest beers for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  However, a trip to Friar Tuck after work netted a few new options.  I still need a few more, but I’ll worry about that later this week.  I was familiar with Leinenkugel’s, as it seems to be a brand some locals try when they’re looking for a microbrew.  I tried one of their beers once and wasn’t a fan, but I made...

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209. Erdinger Weissbräu – Erdinger Oktoberfest
Oct24

209. Erdinger Weissbräu – Erdinger Oktoberfest

We had an incredible weekend in Columbia, MO, back at Mizzou for homecoming.  With ESPN Gameday, homecoming activities, and a huge upset over #1 Oklahoma, we had a tremendous time.  The only bad thing about the day was that I couldn’t find an Oktoberfest seasonal to drink for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  I’m bummed, but I’m going to continue to try to finish off the month strong.  The bottle says “Erdinger is...

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205. Avery Brewing – The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
Oct21

205. Avery Brewing – The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

We test drove a minivan this evening and have been stressing about buying it.  At the same time, we’re getting packed up and ready to head to my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia, tomorrow for Homecoming weekend.   So it’s a bit stressful around the house.  This, combined with the fact that one of my friends (who I hope to see this weekend), who is a beer lover… his last name happens to be Kaiser.  So,...

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204. Brauerei Heller Bamberg – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
Oct20

204. Brauerei Heller Bamberg – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen

I was at the liquor store scouring for Marzens and Pumpkin beers to meet my Oktoberfest Challenge when I came across this beer.  I could hardley read much of the label, since it was primarily in German, but usually, when it comes to beer, that’s not a bad thing.  The back label said, “Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque...

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