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By Jeff Houle, Beer & Wine Manager
September 2016

As we approach the holiday seasons we want to try and support you with some of my favorite beer and wine picks to compliment your holiday meals.  This month I want to look at some of the fantastic Okotberfest beers we will be featuring throughout September and October.

von Trapp Brewing "Oktoberfest"
Hailing from Stowe, Vermont's own expert lager brewers offer their version of a German classic.  Amber in color and full-bodied, this Oktoberfest is crisp enough for warm fall days, but hearty enough when the nights start to cool down. Stop by the cheese cooler and grab some Champlain Valley Triple Crème - it's a perfect pairing!

Sierra Nevada "Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada pays homage to the classic brewing traditions of Germany by bringing in a different German brewer each year to collaborate on the recipe. This year they tapped Bamberg's Mahrs Bräu to partner up and the result is a deep golden lager with a spicy, snappy finish thanks to a near-forgotten German hop variety called "Record." Fire up the grill - Bratwurst is on the menu!

Ayinger "Oktober Fest-Märzen
Awarded "Best Dark Lager in the World" in 2015 by RateBeer.com, this dark golden lager shows off the skills of traditional German brewers. The rich malt center is balanced by just enough Noble hops leading to a clean, fresh finish. Pretzels? Yup! Sausages? Yup! Schnitzel? Double yup! This beer plays well with almost all German-style dishes and should be included in every celebration.

Berkshire Brewing Co. "Oktoberfest"
This Märzen-style lager is cold-aged for many months to ensure that it's silky smooth. Orange-amber in color, this Oktoberfest lager reminds us that fall foliage is on its way! German malt, German yeast and German hops are used to make this beer as traditionally as possible. And it's no wonder that it's a local favorite as the BeerAdvocate founders called this "World Class," and awarded it 97 points!