Anybody see any out there yet? I was at a Bonefish Grill the other night and they had Sam Adams Octoberfest already on tap.
I saw well over a dozen (US + German) yesterday while beer shopping - not really surprising since we're less than a month away from the actual Oktoberfest dates. Throw in another half dozen or so of the (dreaded) "Pumpkin" beers and it sure looked like the retailers are ready for fall.
Better to just throw _out_ the dreaded pumpkin beers. LOL. I've tried several, and they are just not appealing. They seem more like a gimmick.
But the O-Fest Maerzens that show up only seasonally are indeed beginning to appear; but thankfully some breweries have made the festbiers a year round product. It's one of my favorite German styles. How ironic that it is rarely found in Germany (are they just brewing it for export??), and from what I'm told, it's not even served at all at the actual Oktoberfest anymore; instead they serve a slightly stronger Helles. Has anyone been to the Fest in Germany recently? Is this true?
40 years ago, I really liked Lowenbrau Oktoberfest Maerzen...it was malty rich with a beautiful dark amber/copper color and a very slight nutty/roasty character...just right. These days, Lowenbrau's festbier is just a stronger version of their Helle, as mentioned.
CT started pumping the Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers last week....Shipyard Pumpkinhead was out the 2nd week in August. Gets earlier and earlier every year.