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.
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.
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.
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.