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Celebrate Fall With a Harpoon Octoberfest!

September 16, 2011
It’s time to enjoy an Octoberfest!

There is  no better way to spend an early fall day than hanging out with some friends and enjoying a delicious beer. Not only is it the perfect day for it, but it’s also a great day to enjoy a great craft beer because tomorrow is the official start of Octoberfest in Munich!

My preferred choice on crisp days like today, is our fall seasonal, Harpoon Octoberfest! So raise your Steins up to good beer!

Our Octoberfest is brewed as a Märzen style beer, which traces its origin back to Bavaria, Germany.

So we’ll take a moment to have a brief history lesson (one that is better if you have a Harpoon Octoberfest to enjoy)!

In 1539, there was a Brauordnung (brewing ordinance) that stated that beer could only be brewed between September 29th and April 23rd, in order to minimize the danger of fire during the warmer months, and usually the last batch of beer would be brewed in March, which is what Märzen means in English . What would then happen is that beer would be stored in a “lager” or storage place, usually in caves during the summer months, and then brought back out to enjoy when fall rolled around the corner.

The tapping of the kegs usually coincided with many of the harvest festivals that were also happening around the region. In 1810, at the wedding of Barvarian Crown Ludwig to Princess Theresavon Sachsen-Hildurghausen, the entire city of Munich celebrated by drinking Märzen style beer – thus beginning the Octoberfest tradition.

But, let’s get back to the beer (before I have to get a refill)…

Our Octoberfest is brewed as an ale (instead of a lager) that has plenty of complex malt and hop characteristics. The garnet-red color of the beer comes from a blend of Munich, chocolate and pale malt. The subtle hop aroma is from the Tettnang hops that add a bit of spice while Willamette hops add a tinge of bitterness. All of these parts come together to create a unique, well-crafted beer.

Basically, it’s delicious and you should have some.

So go ahead, pour yourself a Harpoon Octoberfest this evening… I promise you won’t be disappointed. And since I know you’ll like it so much, you should come and enjoy a pint with us during our 22nd annual Harpoon Octoberfest at the end of the month!


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