October 5, 2013
Fall: Home of Great Beer!
While other seasons have their strengths, like summer’s warm weather or winter’s holiday spirit, fall triumphs head and shoulders over every other time of the year in the category of beer! Other seasonal beers often leave something to be desired with disappointing flavors, but Fall beers are often packed with flavor. Oktoberfest, the most popular style of Fall beer, originates from the German tradition of Oktoberfest, which is one of the world’s largest fairs held in Munich.
Many American breweries have since created their own take on Oktoberfest beers that have since made the style a huge success. Since many breweries also make pumpkin beers during the fall as well, some people confuse the styles. So if you dislike everything pumpkin from pie to beverages, don’t be afraid to buy an Oktoberfest beer!
Every Oktoberfest beer is different depending on the company that makes it. Sam Adams makes one of the most popular Oktoberfest beers in America, which can be found in just about any bar, pub, or liquor store. But, if you want to try some hidden gems of the Oktoberfest beers, you have to search harder. Liquor stores like Town Liquors in Dartmouth and Barry’s Fine Wine & Spirits in New Bedford have some of the best selections of local and craft beers all year. Wachusett Brewing Co., Left Hand Brewing Co., and Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co. make some of my favorite Oktoberfest beers that aren’t too hard to find.
Pumpkin ales are a completely different story. While many brewing companies don’t make Oktoberfest styles at all, other companies will make multiple pumpkin beers. Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale is one of the more popular pumpkin beers in the South Coast, but their Smashed Pumpkin is actually the company’s masterpiece. Dogfish Head, a company known for great beers, makes one of my favorite seasonal brews, Punkin Ale beer.
It just wouldn’t be fair if these delicious beers were only available in liquor stores. Many of downtown New Bedford’s pubs and bars include great selections of these and other Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers. Rose Alley Ale House features one of the best selections of beers on tap to go along with their consistently great atmosphere, with live music played on the weekends. The Pour Farm Tavern is one of my favorite places to go with great beer and live musicians. A great opportunity to try some seasonal brews along with other activities and food to eat can be found at the New Bedford Oktoberfest.
You don’t need a plane ticket to Germany to get a great Oktoberfest experience. Stay in the South Coast and enjoy the local take on tasty beer, food, and tradition!
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