I may be bias… It may be that the brewery is around the corner from my work… It may be that I have a few friends and rugby teammates who brew and deliver the beer… But I knew it was going to win… Big props to the fellas at Austin Beerworks for taking Gold at the Great American Beer Festival for their German-Style Schwarz, Black Thunder.
Ive had the pleasure of clinking glasses with the brewers of this fine beer in their brewery, and have always known it was special.
Congrats again, fellas!
We all love beer (if not, youre on the wrong site). But there is another side to delicious brews that not many people think about; design.
If youre like me, you may pick out a new brew from the store based on the packaging or label thats displayed. The vibrant colors of a brew from Clown Shoes or the recognizable (and recycled) label of Lagunitas beers.
I came across www.ohbeautifulbeer.com today and had to share… It truly shows the art that goes into making not just a good beer, but a good brand.
My friend George and I decided to make it our mission to try every Oktoberfest beer that we could find in Austin, TX this year. We scoured every shelf and cooler and ended with 21 total. Wish we could have found more, but we are happy with our finds… So here we go.
Im going to go from worst to best; we will knock out the bad ones first.
OK, So these werent very good IMO… Really not worth your money… Granted they arent HORRIBLE, but in respect to good Oktoberfest beers, they are sub-par.
These get a Probst from me… Not the best, but good enough that id order them in a social setting.
Now for the award winners:
I would order these in droves… Imagine that, Germans know how to make a good Marzen…
And now for the best Oktoberfest beer….. *drum roll*
Paulaner makes the best version of what is called an Oktoberfest/Marzen on the market. (once again, imagine that…)
In my opinion the dry-hopping made this more of an Imperial IPA, opposed to an Marzen. It was damn good for an IPA, but not so much for an Oktoberfest.
My Rating: A
I got the pleasure of running into this 4 pack of heaven at Specs last week. I went in looking for something new that I hadnt tried and was let down when I didnt find anything new on the shelves. I almost looked right past the Sixpoint boxes, but luckily at 6’4″ I was able to be eye level with display. There is so much flavor to this porter that unless you dont have any taste buds, you will love it.
Russian River Brewing Co
My Rating: B+
A generous friend from California sent me a couple bottles of this and Pliny the Elder in exchange for a couple local beers from Austin. This was a good beer… Not my favorite IPA, but pretty good. Definitely lived up to the hype. If this is any indication of how Russian River’s other beers are, then the Pliny is going to be AMAZING!
My Rating: C
Not good… Someone argued with me the other day and told me that the true “IPA” has lost its roots… which is probably true, but if this is what “true” IPA is supposed to taste like, Ill stick to the Americanized version of the IPA. Tasteless drivel.
Oskar Blues Brewery
My Rating: A
If it has the words “imperial” or “double” before the IPA, im probably going to like it, but this was awesome. A little pricey, but definitely worth it at least once. Tons of flavor and taste in this little can.
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