I’m not sure what’s worse. I was in my pajamas, sitting on my couch, and watching a movie I didn’t really want to watch by 6:45 last night. Then – I got a craving for Cold Stone ice cream, so I considered actually getting semi-dressed in my grubby state to get some all by my lonesome. Hmmm… maybe it doesn’t matter which is worse since my lazy self settled for cereal… and watched the rest of that terrible movie.
Other than Cold Stone, ya know what else I’ve been in the mood for lately? Beer. (shocker) To specify – oktoberfest beer.
Fall is my favorite beer season. Back in the day, beer couldn’t be brewed in summer months due to the heat. I guess yeast likes air conditioning, or at least it doesn’t go so crazy in controlled temperatures. Some batches were brewed in the spring and then stored until fall, which was done with makeshift refrigeration or just brewing with higher alcohol contents. We all know these beers as oktoberfests, aka marzens.
Oktoberfests are typically full-bodied but not overly hoppy or bitter. They have moderate alcohol content, a copper-brown color, and a light, lacy head. In short – they’re awesome. So far I’ve sampled three Oktoberfest beers this year.
I tried these two last weekend, and I highly recommend both. The Foothills Oktoberfest was my favorite, but not by much. The Olde Hickory Oktoberfest seemed less traditional because it had a punch of extra hoppy flavor, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!
The third beer I had, on the other hand, really was a bad thing. I tried Carolina Brewery’s Oktoberfest, and I was very glad I only had a sample. This one was light in color, and it lacked the traditional malty goodness.
- What’s your favorite beer season?