I love Oktoberfest.  It is my season for beer.  After months of hoppy IPAs and wheat beers and citrus flavored blonde ales, I love the roasted flavor of a dark beer or the malty taste of a true Bavarian Lager.  Oktoberfest means beer and food and early sunsets on crisp, cool days.  But Oktoberfest is so much more.  It is a Bavarian holiday dating back to 1810.  In Munich, Germany (known as Bavaria back then), King Ludwig married his princess Theresa.  There was a huge festival with traditional food and, of course, beer.  Being in Germany, it was a lager.  And now, there are only a few breweries who brew the trademarked Oktoberfestbier – or Munich Beer:

  • Spaten
  • Lowenbrau
  • Augustiner-Brau
  • Hofbrau-Munchen
  • Paulaner
  • Hacker-Pschorr

Custom Coaster

But fortunately for all of us, there are many craft breweries and micro-breweries who create fabulous tasting lagers, like the Oktoberfest beers.  Visit your local brewery, or pickup a few bottles of craft brew this fall.  If you own a brewery, consider designing a custom beer coaster to spread the word about your favorite craft beer.   Oktoberfest may have officially been from September 22 to October 7th.  But every day is a good day to enjoy good beer.