Where’s a guy gotta go to get a Märzenbier around here?

Oktoberfest Logo (300dpi JPG) It’s September and that means Oktoberfest/Märzen seasonal beers are popping up on liquor store shelves and on tap at your favorite local brewery.  You’re going to need something malty when prosting heartily with other Oktoberfest merrymakers so check the list below for Märzenbier in the Denver area.  May your stein never run dry.

In stores and on-tap

Avery Brewing.  The typical Oktoberfest beer is between 4.8-5.7% ABV—perfect for all-day drinking in the biergarten.  Bomber bottles of The Kaiser, an “Imperial Oktoberfest,” hover somewhere closer to 10% ABV.  Drink with care.

Great Divide Brewing Co. You can’t really call Hoss Rye Lager a seasonal release because it’s available year-round but there’s no denying it’s an Oktoberfest-style beer.  The presence of rye adds a non-traditional twist but the malty backbone is all Märzen.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. You should have a fine roll in the hay with The Farmer’s Daughter.

Hall Brewing Co.  E-mail ahead to arrange a visit to their Parker taproom-in-the-making if you like but bottles of their Oktoberfest should be hitting stores soon.

Left Hand Brewing Co.  The most prevalent of Colorado-made, traditional Märzen, bottles of  Left Hand’s Oktoberfest are hard to miss; just look for the big, blue lion face.

Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company.  Rockyard just dropped off 90 cases of Oktoberfest at their distributor’s so you should see it in stores presently.

Santa Fe Brewing Co.  Okay, so this Oktoberfest isn’t a Colorado beer but its home is just one state over and it’s available in most Denver-area liquor stores.  Plus, I dig the Bavarian blue-and-white artwork that wraps the can.

On-tap only

Big Choice Brewing.  The Big Choice Märzen will be available in the taproom starting September 6th.  It will also be featured at Broomfield Days which begins on September 21st.

Boostrap Brewing. Their Oktoberfest will be tapped on 9/21 at their Niwot tasting room. Show up in your lederhosen and get your first pint for free.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.  In conjunction with a Czech Pils, a Kӧlsch, and a Dunkel, Copper Kettle will be tapping their Oktoberfest on September 27th.

Denver Beer Co.  Drop by the taproom on September 28th for Denver Beer Co.’s Oktoberfest celebration and Märzen tapping.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.  A 5.7% ABV, 22 IBU Oktoberfest will be brewed for Dry Dock’s annual “Docktoberfest” on September 28th.  Last year, the entire 14 BBL batch was gone in a single day so get there early!

Gravity Brewing.  Gravity is currently fermenting an Oktoberfest which should be ready in the next few weeks.  This will be Gravity’s first foray into lagers.

Lone Tree Brewing Company.  The Lone Tree Märzen will be tapped on September 21st when they hold their Oktoberfest celebration.

Prost Brewing.  This one’s a no-brainer; of course a brewery named for the most commonly heard word at Oktoberfest will have an Oktoberfest beer!  Look for it on September 20th.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub.  The working title for this still-fermenting Oktoberfest is “Yaktoberfest” but headbrewer Adam Draeger may have a different name when it’s tapped later this month.  Check their Facebook page often for the official release date.

What’d I miss?  Tell me about more Oktoberfest beers available around Denver in the comments section.

About Chris Bruns

Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Examiner.com. Contact Chris by e-mail at chrisdbruns@gmail.com or through his blog at www.beerincolorado.blogspot.com.