While Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrates city-brewed beers only, the märzen-style lager made famous at the fair has made the leap to breweries far and wide. And Palm Beach’s breweries are no exception. Here’s the who’s who of Palm Beach Octo-Brews:
The South County surf brew of choice, SaltWater Brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special brew. Octo-Festbier is “true to style,” says Peter Agardy, brewery co-founder and artist of all the sea-inspired art adorning the brewery’s walls and beer labels. Adding “it has a strong biscuit flavor, pours reddish amber.” The märzen style lager uses Munich and Victory malts, as well as Oktoberfest yeast for a complex, seasonal sip.
Also on tap—while the kegs last—is the always-flavorful seasonal brew, Pumpkin Puffer stout. “We use 200 pounds of real pumpkin in this,” Agardy said, as well as pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. “It’s a nice balanced flavor, not overly pumpkin.”
For pumpkin fans, make SaltWater Brewery your trick-or-treat headquarters. On October 31 at 6 p.m., the brew crew will tap a special oak-aged Pumpkin Puffer that’s been in the barrel for more than a year. Last year, brewers reserved one barrel of the stout, and tucked it away in an oak barrel; now its time to drink that bad boy.
On Friday, October 2 starting at 5 p.m., the Reef Room will be battle station zero for the Friday’s Randall Wars. Up this Friday: the Sea Cow Stout running through Thai chilies and cocoa nips—sweet and spicy.
Tequesta Brewing Co.
Tequesta Brewing Company has been making its version of the German lager for four years now. Named Vantoberfest, after one of TBC’s brewer’s son, the brew is an alluring amber color with a smooth, malty flavor. On tap now while supplies last—and be sure to check out the TBC crew for Hop Week, October 6-11 (click here for more).
For more fall beer fun, mark October 27 in your calendars folks: Oh My Gourd Infamous Pumpkin Ale is set to pour. There will be a special version just for the TBC taproom too, so get ready.
Due South Brewing Co.
Brewed in traditional German märzen fashion, Due South’s Oktoberfest brew is one of Palm Beach County’s best. Coming in at a quaffable 5.4% ABV, it’s a great way to celebrate the slow-to-get here fall.
Due South will be holding its annual Oktoberfest blowout on October 1-3. The three-day party will be filled with Oktoberfest lager, German folk music, delectable goodies from a revolving lineup of food trucks, and another fall classic—MaGourdo Pumpkin Ale, a seasonal ale with a hint of pumpkin spice.
- The party is free and open to the public—21 and up after 6 p.m. For more information, visit duesouthbrewing.com.