Your Gulf Coast Oktoberfest Beer Guide 2019

Your Gulf Coast Oktoberfest Beer Guide 2019

You know Oktoberfest as beers favorite fest, complete with pretzels, lederhosens, and beer steins! But do you know that Oktoberfest all started with a wedding reception? The first Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I. married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in Bavaria. Five days later, a large fest was held in front of the Sendlinger Tor, one of the gates leading to Munich. As remembrance celebrations grew to include horse races, fairs, and elaborate food, it became a great tourist attraction and a way for visitors to learn about Bavaria and its people.

Today, Munich Oktoberfests are held in September due to milder weather conditions. The Munich fest lasts for 16 days, beginning on a Saturday in September and always ending on the first Sunday in October.

In 1887 lederhosen and dirndls became the traditional garb of the attendees.  The fest traditionally begins with a parade which ends at the private Schottenhammel tent where the mayor opens the first keg of beer and the toasting begins. Traditional foods include wursts of beef, chicken, veal, or pork, slices of beef, pieces of chicken, sauerkraut, potato salad, cabbage, onions, and of course, pretzels are among the foods enjoyed with a stein or two of one’s favorite beer.

2-Row Distributing offers local, national, and import Oktoberfest beers in its portfolio allowing beer lovers to authentically celebrate Oktoberfest here along the Texas Gulf Coast. Galveston Island will honor the traditions at the 38th Annual Island Oktoberfest on October 25-26. To help you join in the celebration, we have created a guide to help you navigate the wonderful Oktoberfest choices you will see in your local grocery stores and tap rooms.

Texas Craft

Galveston Island Brewing Oktoberfest
Marzen – 5.4% ABV – 22 IBU

This malty, flavorful fall beer will have you feeling festive with every sip!

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Oktoberfest
Scottish-Style Ale – 6.6% ABV – 14 IBU

A full bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer celebrating the Autumn harvest. This rich beer has a round malt flavor and an above average alcohol content perfect for a cool fall evening. Recommended food pairings include crispy potato cakes, roasted turkey, & spicy sausage.

Karbach Brewing Co. Karbachtoberfest
Marzen – 5.5% ABV – 25 IBU

Experience the world’s biggest beer festival right here with Karbachtoberfest! An authentic, Bavarian-style Marzen, decoction mashed with Vienna and Munich malts, cold fermented and aged for six weeks, this beer pairs well with pretzels and sausage, but it tastes mighty fine on its own.

Southern Star Brewing Oktoberfest
Festbier – 6.3% ABV – 25 IBU

  This German-Style Festbier is amber-hued with a full malt aroma and a thick, creamy, foamy froth. The taste offers a decidedly nutty light roast with an emphasis on malt sweetness that’s smooth and well balanced.

National Craft

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
Festbier – 6.0% ABV – 20 IBU

In partnership with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery Sierra Nevada presents an Oktoberfest that turns backyards into beer gardens. Rally your friends and celebrate with a festbier whose rich amber color and smooth malty flavor bring the Munich tents to you. It is brewed with Bitburger’s custom yeast and secret hop blend called Siegelhopfen, meaning “Sealed Hops”—two house ingredients never shared outside their walls until now.

Bell’s Brewery Octoberfest
Marzen – 5.5% ABV

Crafted as a flavorful session beer and perfect for autumn, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks fermenting.  With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for your local Oktoberfest celebration.


Spaten Oktoberfest
Festbier – 5.9% ABV

Spaten Oktoberfestbier is brewed in spring for the biggest folk festival in the world. Countless Oktoberfest visitors are thrilled with this beer every year. Every sip is as special as the Oktoberfest itself with its unmistakably tasty taste.

Paulaner Oktoberfest
Marzen – 5.8% ABV

An amber beer style that was developed over 200 years ago to celebrate the original Oktoberfest. The Märzen name comes from “March beer” because it was historically brewed in March to be at peak flavor for the Oktoberfest celebration. Today this style is available year-round in the US due to popular demand.

Honorable Mention

Saint Arnold Guten Tag
Marzen – 5.8% ABV – 21 IBU

Guten Tag is a traditional Bavarian-style lager with a crisp and clean flavor. The malt provides a nice toasty and bready complexity through the use of decoction, while the hops are restrained to allow a soft and elegant finish.  This beer is brand new and available year-round, which means it can be Oktoberfest all year long.

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