In keeping with its tradition of the past two years Sierra Nevada Brewing will once again partner with a new German brewery to brew its 2017 Oktoberfest Festbier. In 2015 it partnered with Brauhaus Riegele and last year with Mahrs Bräu.
This year Sierra Nevada partnered with Brauhaus Faust-Miltenberger from Miltenberger, Germany. Better known in the United States as just Brauhaus Miltenberger, this brewery with over 350 years of brewing history is well known for its traditional and innovative beers. Today Brauhaus Miltenberger is led by fourth generation Brewmaster Cornelius Faust.
“Cornelius and his team from Brauhaus Miltenberger embody the spirit and tradition of Oktoberfest,” states Brian Grossman, second-generation brewer for Sierra Nevada in a release. “It was a great to host them at our brewery in Mills River, NC, for the creation of this year’s fest beer. They brought literally centuries of family brewing experience to the mix and helped us create the ultimate festival beer.”
“We tried to re-create a classic Oktoberfest beer in the true German tradition,” states Cornelius Faust in a release. “We used traditional techniques to create layers of rich malt notes that remain light and crisp to the taste. That’s the secret of an authentic fest beer—complex malt flavor in a lager that remains easy to drink while you are celebrating the Oktoberfest season.”
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is described as a deep golden lager weighing in at 6.1% ABV with an authentic, rich, and layered malt flavor balanced by traditional German-grown hops. New for 2017 is Oktoberfest in 12-ounce cans, in addition to 12-ounce bottles and draught offerings.
2017 Oktoberfest Festbier Stats:
Yeast – Lager yeast
Bittering Hops – German Magnum
Finishing Hops – German Select, Tettnanger, Spalter
Malts – Two-row Pale, Steffi, Pilsner, Munich
ABV – 6.1%
IBU – 30
Cuisine – German Weisswurst sausage, Roast Pork
Cheese – Mild Cheddar, Butterkase
Dessert – Apple Strudel with fresh whipped cream
Sierra Nevada Brewing will also return with its annual Okotberfest celebration in Chico, CA and Mills River, NC. Having been recognized as one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations here in the U.S., this festival brings German culture and tradition to Sierra Nevada, with live music, dancing, costumes, contests, and beer.
Chico will host four fests over two weekends: Friday and Saturday, September 29-30 and October 6-7. Mills River welcomes guests for one celebration on Saturday, September 30, 2017. For more information and for tickets, please visit www.sierranevada.com/oktoberfest.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.