You may have your pumpkin beers; I shall have my märzens.
Fall has arrived, which means that breweries are alternating between releasing their aforementioned pumpkin ales and the full-bodied, malty lagers of Bavarian origin that have come to define Oktoberfest celebrations. One of the first Oktoberfest events this year is at Easy Tiger this Saturday.
Easy Tiger is going to have a variety of different Oktoberfest beers on tap, including a few from local breweries. Real Ale currently has one, the brewery’s first lager made using the traditional Bavarian brewing methods. So does Live Oak, an Oaktoberfest that’s also crafted in keeping with Old World tradition: a full-bodied malt backbone supporting a clean, dry finish and bitter hops. These beers will both come in casks at Easy Tiger’s Oktoberfest celebration, but they aren’t the stars of the show.
That honor goes to Montecore. The East Sixth Street beer garden and bakery teamed up with Austin Beerworks earlier this year to produce the märzen-style brew debuting Saturday at both Easy Tiger and the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, taking place the same day this weekend.
The Easy Tiger and Austin Beerworks crew also brewed up Montecore last year, albeit on a far more limited basis. If you can’t make the Easy Tiger Oktoberfest party from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, chances are you’ll be able to find it later. Austin Beerworks’ taproom will have it, as will all other restaurants owned by the ELM Restaurant Group, including Arro, 24 Diner and Italic, and a handful of other places.
Here’s the list of Easy Tiger’s Oktoberfest beer offerings:
Austin Beerworks Montecore, $5
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, $5 (half pint)
Avery The Kaiser, $6 (half pint)
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, $5
Victory Festbier: Märzen, $5
Live Oak Oaktoberfest, $3 for half pint
Real Ale Oktoberfest, $3 for half pint
The beer and coffee bar Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, on East Fifth Street, is also hosting Oktoberfest fun on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The Brew & Brew will have Karbach’s Karbachtokberfest and, “to make things more interesting,” Karbach’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hellfighter with Vanilla Beans as well.
Sick of pumpkin beers yet? Let the märzen be your salvation.