A Spirited Conversation: Falling For Oktoberfest Brews

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By JR Bonds

Fall is upon us, and in the world of beer, that means Oktoberfest! This is the world’s largest Volksfest. Held annually in Munich and Bavaria, Germany; it is a sixteen to eighteen day folk festival running from mid to late September to the first weekend in October. More than six million people from around the world attend the event each year.

For Germany, the 2018 celebration, which will take place September 22nd through October 7th , marks the 185th year for the celebration.

The good news? You don’t have to go all the way to Germany to get a taste of the celebration. Each year, Nashville hosts its very own annual Oktoberfest. The celebration includes traditional German music, food and beer, all in historic Germantown in Nashville, on October 11th through 14th.

The even better news? You don’t need to even go all the way to Nashville to celebrate. In fact, you can do it right here in Hendersonville! The staff at Pour Vous! has a collection of Octoberfest and Pumpkin beers that will no doubt get you ready for the season. There are currently twenty-nine different brews for the season and even more on draft to fill your growlers.

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITES:

Weihenstephan’s Festbier

A classic offering from the world’s oldest brewery. This traditional Marzen Lager is malt forward with notes of caramel, toffee and molasses with a hefty malt backbone.

Paulaner’s Oktoberfest

Though this classic beer is now offered year round, there’s no better time than fall to enjoy it.

Nashville Brewing Co’s Festbier

Nashville World Beer Cup Silver Medal winners do not disappoint with their take on this style. A clean fermentation with all the classic notes and a crisp finish ready to pair with an Autumn BBQ.

Hutton & Smith’s Rocktoberfest 

Chattanooga’s WBC Gold Medal Winners show off with their first festbier in distribution. This is not as sweet and caramel forward as mainstream offering, but instead opts for a bready, toasty pallet with hints of dark brown sugar. While being malty, it has a very light body with a superbly crisp finish. A quaffable beer for a cool Saturday on Rocky Top.

You may also opt to top off a dinner of wurst und schnitzel with a pumpkin beer. Just don’t be surprised by the looks your friends give you.

Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale

Hailed as one of the best beers of its kind, it’s the reason why Fall is your favorite season. Schlafly’s Special Release Pumpkin Ale is well-balanced from start to finish, with notes of caramel and ginger throughout. Fermented in pounds of fresh pumpkin squash and a brewer’s wort and sugar mix before being filtered through a spiced infusion of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, it turns out exactly how we intend it to taste: like a slice of pie in a bottle with hints of caramel and ginger throughout. Fermented in pounds of fresh pumpkin squash and a brewer’s wort. and sugar mix before being filtered through a spiced infusion of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, it turns out exactly how we intend it to taste: like a slice of pie in a bottle.

 

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