This week we see the beginnings of the fall seasonal change over with several local and imported Oktoberfest beers rolling in, some random "one-offs", the return of Black Diamond from California, and big news for those with Celiac's Disease.
- Sam Adams Octoberfest - One of the better American "Octoberfest" lagers, It's malty, smooth, and not too sweet.
- Hofbrau Oktoberfest - Rather than a dark malty amber, Hofbrau brews a pale golden beer for the largest festival in the world. It's also one of the strongest offerings at Munich's annual bacchanal, clocking in at 6.3% abv.
- Bayern Oktoberfest - Very traditional German-style dark marzen. Quite possibly the most authentic American made Oktoberfest lagers.
- Ayinger Oktoberfest/Marzen - The standard bearer of the style, and the highest rated Oktoberfest on Ratebeer.com
- Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam - Bavarian Hefeweizen meets Jolly Pumpkin funk. Tart, dry, and fruity, with note of banana, clove, and nutmeg.
- Pyramid Juggernaut Red Ale - "Juggernaut is an American Red ale brimming with delectable caramel malts, delicious hops and an unquenchable spirit."
- Anchor Humming Ale - A delicious pale ale from one of America's pioneering craft breweries.
- Fish Tale Starfish Imperial Red - Big malty red ale with enough bracing hops to balance it all out.
- Ommegang Aphrodite - A 9% Belgian-style strong ale fermented with raspberries, pears, grains of paradise, and spiked with brettanomyces.
- Flat Tail Tailgator Kolsch - This classic Kolsch-style ale is fermented at 55 degrees and lagered for a month to create a crisp, refreshing thirst quencher.
- Alaskan Perseverance Ale- To celebrate 25 years of brewing in one of the harshest climates on the planet, Alaskan has brewed up a fitting tribute: a 95 Imperial Stout brewed with locally sourced birch syrup and fireweed honey. It's listed on Ratebeer (click the link for more details), but no one has rated it yet, so come grab a bottle and be the first!
- Finnegan Cider - This strong cider (9-11% depending on the batch) comes from a brand new cidery in Lake Oswego is made with a variety of locally grown cider apples and naturally carbonated in the bottle using champagne yeast for effervescent carbonation and a dry finish.
Black Diamond Brewing out of Concord, California has returned to Oregon after a brief hiatus. They've re-tooled all the existing recipes (mostly by cranking up the hops), and their two new seasonals are pretty solid. We're still waiting on a couple of things to arrive, but we've got the new and improved Jagged Edge IPA back in six packs, and two new seasonal bombers; Rampage Imperial IPA and Wheat Whacker "India Wheat Ale."
Lasts but not least, here's some exciting news for those with celiac's disease, or those who just want to limit their gluten intake. New Planet Brewing Company out of Fort Collins, CO has expanded into Oregon with their line of Gluten-free beer! Since I haven't ahd a chance to try them, I'll just copy and paste the commercial descriptions:
- New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale - 3R Raspberry Ale is an award winning ale with the right balance of fruit flavor and aroma. Made from sorghum, corn extract, natural raspberry puree, orange peel, hops, and yeast. Not overly sweet, the Oregon grown fruit puree creates a beautiful body color with a natural raspberry flavor.
- New Planet Tread Lightly Ale - Tread Lightly Ale is a great balanced beer made from fermented sorghum and corn, hops and yeast. It is a bright beer with light taste and body and without the after taste of other sorghum-based beers. Inspired by the old-style America Pilsner, our Tread Lightly Ale appeals to a new style beer drinker looking for a healthy alternative, low caloric content and great taste.
- New Planet Off the Grid Pale Ale - Off Grid Pale Ale is a wonderful interpretation of the classic pale ale style. It has a distinctly deep amber color and great character and body. Three varieties of hops provide a wonderful aroma and a citrus and spicy hop flavor. This smooth gluten-free ale is made from sorghum and brown rice extract, molasses, tapioca maltodextrin, caramel color, hops, and yeast.