How about a little update on the state’s latest Oktoberfest news?
For starters, I just bottled a batch of homebrew Oktoberfest on Monday night. Because I’m just a simple homebrewer with no ready access to temperature control, I fermented with ale yeast. I’ve done that each of the past three years, with good results each year. Yes, it’s not technically a traditional Oktoberfest lager, but I’ve enjoyed the beer each time, and I know what I’ll be enjoying while watching football this weekend.
In terms of Oktoberfest news that actually matters to people other than me, I’ve got that, too. Courtesy of Marshall Brewing Co.’s September newsletter:
We are pleased to announce our earliest release of Oktoberfest Lager since we started Marshall Brewing Co. Our fall seasonal beer was on store shelves across Arkansas and Oklahoma August 28th, 2014. Certainly other breweries release their Oktoberfest earlier, but this milestone for Marshall still keeps our beer in the market during Fall.
With the release of Oktoberfest, we have several fun events planned. First up will be a Pint Night at McNellie’s Norman, September 8th. Not only can you be among the first to try our 2014 Oktoberfest, rumor has it a special firkin will also be on hand. Next up is our official Launch Party for 2014 Oktoberfest hosted by Fassler Hall – Tulsa, September 11th. The party will feature 2014 Oktoberfest, mini brats, pretzels, duck fat fries.
Events continue that weekend with our good friends at Seigi’s hosting a two day Oktoberfest party. The celebration will feature Marshall Oktoberfest and Dunkel Lager along with German music, great food, and giveaways. Finally, the crowning jewel of September will be McNellie’s Harvest Beer Festival, September 27th. The annual beer tasting festival will be held in the streets of downtown Tulsa, and feature exciting one-off beers from craft brewers. I have been told a keg of Bound for Glory will be available for festival goers!
So, to sum up:
-Sept. 8: Marshall pint night at McNellie’s Norman featuring Oktoberfest and a firkin of Barrel Aged Coffee Big Jamoke Porter.
-Sept. 11: Oktoberfest launch party at Fassler Hall Tulsa.
-Sept. 12-13: Seigi’s second annual Oktoberfest
-Sept. 19: Marshall Firkin Night at McNellie’s OKC featuring Barrel Aged Coffee Big Jamoke Porter.
-Sept. 27: McNellie’s Tulsa Harvest Beer Festival.
Marshall also announced that brewery tours will be canceled for September due to the busy schedule. The tours are expected to resume in October.
And one more note on Marshall: One of the brewery’s most-anticipated beers is set for release tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 4. Bound for Glory barrel-aged Belgian IPA will be available only in a limited amount of 22 oz. bombers and only in Oklahoma.
“We are really happy with how it turned out,” Marshall brewmaster Eric Marshall said. “Being the second fill in a barrel, it’s picked up less of the actual bourbon character, maybe some of the softer characteristics. So you still see a little bit of the bourbon character but more and more of the wood characteristics.”