September 9, 2013 by Prost Brewing
Despite its October filled name, many might be surprised to find out that Oktoberfest traditionally begins in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October. This has been the schedule for this monumental affair since it began in the year 1810 with a Royal Wedding that took place on October 12, 1810 between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
Other than love, the first Oktoberfests were centered upon horse races. Beer did not become a central focus until the later half of the 19th century. As the event continued to grow, so did the beer tents so that an astounding 6.9 million liters was served during the 16 day festival in 2012 to the more than 6 million people from around the world who attended the event. After centuries of Oktoberfests, the event has grown so popular that it is now considered to be the largest festival in the world!
Through the centuries, it is quite remarkable to find that the original beer traditions associated with Oktoberfest are still largely intact. The very same “Oktoberfestbiers” (Oktoberfest beers) that have quenched the thirst of those participants attending the festival in 1818 can still be enjoyed by people today! Traditionally, Oktoberfestbiers were the lagers of around 5.5 to 6 ABV named “Märzen.” “Märzen” is brewed in March and allowed to ferment slowly during the summer months. The end product is a full-bodied, malty flavored, mildly hopped beer with a copper-orange hue that is reminiscent of the colors of fall. This beer is at once plush and chewy with a richness that satisfies those beer-loving taste buds.
With the beginnings of September upon us and fall just a stones throw away, it is time to start thinking (or dreaming) of your first sip of this rich, seasonal Oktoberfestbier served to you by your friends at Prost Brewing. You will get your chance to do just so from September 27 to October 6, 2013 at Oktoberfest Denver.
Many breweries will be participating, but as you know, if you are looking for the real deal, that is a traditional German Oktoberfestbier that you would find in Munich at the actual Oktoberfest, Prost will be serving up just the brew for you.