This August, Founders Brewing Co. will be releasing Oktoberfest, a 6 percent ABV German-style Märzen ale that is brewed with both hops and malts imported from Germany.
The new release adheres to a process that is “similar” to Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law originated in 1487 that states the only ingredients to be used in the production of beer are water, barley and hops. That law was replaced by the Provisional German Beer Law in 1993, which allows some ingredients not permitted in the Reinheitsgebot, including wheat malt, sugar, and yeast.
“Brewing traditional German-style beers, especially malt-forward lagers, isn’t something we’re especially accustomed to,” said Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders, in a press release. “I’ve really begun to enjoy drinking Märzens over the past few years and decided to get serious about a recipe. Oktoberfest is brewed with malt and hops imported from Germany for a rich, malty character that still manages to stay light on the palate.”
A beer under the same name was released on Sept. 27, 2019 as part of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based brewery’s Mothership Series, which consists of releases that have been “brought out of retirement” or “experimental new styles” and will be available for carryout exclusively at the brewery’s taprooms in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.
According to a press release, Oktoberfest will be packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce cans ($9.99) that are scheduled to ship across Founders’ distribution network—excluding the state of Utah—sometime in August.