Fall is upon us, and that means the arrival of some highly anticipated beer styles. But first, we must talk about pumpkins … OK, that’s enough. It’s Oktoberfest time!
Earlier this year during the March of Lagers, I outlined the history of the festival, the beer style that bears its name, and other related styles. Refresh your memory by clicking here. This Saturday is the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich. Closer to home, we are fortunate to have so many Orange County breweries with celebrations and offerings of Oktoberfest-style beers.
As of this publication, there are some missing notable producers missing from last year (TAPS, Green Cheek, and Unsung, for example), but they may still release an Oktoberfest beer soon. The following breweries have (or will have in the next week) an Oktoberfest/Märzen, Festbier, or Vienna Lager:
Stereo Brewing Company, Tustin Brewing Company, Bottle Logic, Brewery X, Chapman Crafted, The Bruery, Backstreet Brewery, Four Sons Brewing, Phantom Ales, and Anaheim Brewery.
The Oktoberfest from Stereo, a Vienna Lager, is exceptional this year. Chapman always makes a wonderful Festbier, and Tustin’s Märzen is a wonderful example of the style.
Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready sing “Ein Prosit” along with other honorary (and many genuine) Bavarians at:
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim and Old World in Huntington Beach.
These fests do a decent job at mimicking the authentic Oktoberfest and are always a good time. For the Phoenix Club, the celebration starts this Friday and continues every weekend through Oct. 27. Old World has already started celebrations that will continue every Wednesday through Sunday until Nov. 3.
BrewHaHa Productions will also have a combination Oktoberfest/Halloween festival and show called BooHaHa in late October. That seems like it may be a good time. More info here!
Oktoberfest Celebrations (Breweries)
Want to visit a brewery instead? We got you covered. These breweries plan small events this weekend. Unless noted otherwise, these events are free to attend (no entry fee), and you purchase beers as you go. Check out their social media and websites for dates and more information:
Stereo Brewing Company, Anaheim Brewery, Chapman Crafted, Green Cheek, Bottle Logic, Helmsman Ale House (featuring Oktoberfest beers from other producers), Cismontane (paid event), and Network Brewing (paid event).
Editor’s note: Charlie Perez is an Advanced Cicerone® who covers the Orange County beer scene for the Booze Blog.