Many of us know the story: In October of 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen; the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event, and thus Oktoberfest was born. Märzen are the beers that have been served at the annual event in Munich since 1818. Traditional Oktoberfestbiers were lagers of around 5.5 to 6% ABV called Märzen - brewed in March and allowed to ferment slowly during the summer months. Originally these would have been dark lagers, but from 1872 a strong March brewed version of an amber-red Vienna lager became the favorite. Modern versions may range from pale yellow to deep amber. Hop levels tend not to be distinctive, though some US examples are notably hopped.
For our September James Joyce Beer Tasting we'll enjoy several examples of this anticipated seasonal style. Expect elegant beers characterized by a medium to full body, a malty flavor and a clean dry finish. Please come and join us on Wednesday, September 5th, 7:00-10:00 PM. Six pours, approximately 6 oz. each.
Your cost is $12** for the tasting, plus $3 for a J.J. tasting glass - if you don't already have one from a previous tasting. Starts at 7 and ends at 10pm; show up any time in between and taste at your own pace. Don't forget your glass!
**Please note the price change!
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