The time is upon us! The kids are back in school, the rain is starting to come down. Maybe where you are the leafs are changing colors. You get to dust off the lederhosen, most importantly, for its time for Oktoberfest!
I know you all know the origins of Oktoberfest. But as a refresher, on the 12th of October in the year 1810, Kronprinz Ludwig was wed to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Everyone in Munich was invited to attend the festivities which included horse racing and of course, beer drinking. It is thought that some 40,000 people attended this event. No-one is sure whom proposed it, but the event was carried on annually since then. Though the precise origin of Oktoberfest is a little fuzzy, it is thought that this was the beginning of what is now a 16 day long celebration, still carried out in Munich just up the road from where this original event was.
Now, some 209 years later, the event hosts upwards of 1.6million people, includes carnivals, music, agricultural celebration, and of course, a LOT of beer. In 2010 for the 200th anniversary for example, 6.7 million liters. That’s 11.4 million imperial pints. Or roughly 7 imperial pints per person! What we’re all celebrating, beside inebriation, is generally thought to be the bounty of the harvest, a time to relish in the hard work of the growing season is coming to a close which resonates well with us here in Southern Humboldt County. That said, most everyone celebrates whatever they feel worth celebrating. And so can you!
Oktoberfest Beer, itself, is also up for debate. Most probable is that the original beer was definitely a lager some kind. Being that this originates in the motherland of lager beers. Thinking is this would have been more of a Marzen, which is a lager with some slightly darker malts, say Munich Malt, or maybe even a little Caramel Malt used in tough quantity to give a little fortitude to the stuff. Say… an abv coming in around 5.5% compared to the average lager of the time coming in around 4.5%. That said, all manners of festival beers are produced. Here at Gyppo, we dreamed up Das Beer.
Das Beer is assuredly a Munich Lager. Brewed with Munich and Caramunich Malt, as well as Noble hops, lagered away for three months in the brewery. The result? A beautifully balanced lager beer with a bit more backbone, and a creamy smooth finish. Almost like a pale ale in lager form. We are extraordinarily proud and excited to tap Das Beer at our second Annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 28th. Put it on the calendar, lace up the lederhosen and come on down!!!