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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: Oktoberfest celebrations

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge World of Beer will tap a keg of Ayinger's traditional Oktober Fest-Marzen beer. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • World of Beer will tap a keg of Ayinger's traditional Oktober Fest-Marzen beer.

For more than 200 years, Oktoberfest has been the world’s largest beer event — the first one was a wedding celebration for German royalty in Munich in 1810. The festival runs from mid-September through the first Sunday in October, heralding the start of autumn and harvest time. This year, Oktoberfest runs from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, but American celebrations often run during the entire month of October.

Deutches Haus' Oktoberfest runs for three weekends (Oct. 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24). The first keg to be tapped is the official festival beer, 40 Arpent Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Marzen, a traditional style that was popular at its debut last year. Check the festival website for more information. 

The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) continues its tradition of serving unfiltered and unpasteurized Bavarian and Franconian anstich lagers, starting Saturday, Oct. 3, when four casks will be tapped. Two more casks will be tapped on subsequent Fridays through the month. A variety of traditional styles will be offered, including kellerbier, festbier/Marzen and dopplebock. Several of the lagers also will be available on draft, along with contemporary versions of the styles from German breweries.

The World of Beer (300 Julia St., 504-299-3599) highlights beers from both the Old and New Worlds during the week of Sept. 21. Monday features NOLA Brewing’s first lager, Darkness Before Dawn German dunkel. Tuesday and Wednesday highlight German breweries — Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen and Spaten Oktoberfest, respectively. Thursday’s focus is Abita Brewing Company’s Octoberfest beer, and the week finishes with German Franziskaner Dunkel-Weisse.

Great Raft Brewing’s third iteration of its “Provisions and Traditions” series collaboration with the John Besh Foundation is an oak-aged Marzen/Oktoberfest style brewed with Restaurant Luke’s chef Drake Leonards. It will be released at Luke (333 St Charles Ave., 504-378-2840) on Sept. 23.

Establishments that serve traditional German beers year-round include Aline Street Beer Garden (3445 Prytania St, (504) 891-5774) and Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St., 504-522-0571).

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