Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is partnering with a German brewery that has centuries of family brewing experience for the latest incarnation of Oktoberfest.
The Chico, Calif.-base brewery has joined forces with Bauhaus Miltenberger to brew this year’s seasonal release, which clocks-in at 6.1 percent ABV and uses traditional German-grown hops in addition to a balanced malt flavor normally seen in a traditional marzen beer. The goal was to “re-create a classic Oktoberfest beer in the true German tradition,” according to Cornelius Faust, fourth-generation brewmaster for Bauhaus Miltenberger.
For the past three years, Sierra Nevada has collaborated with a different German brewery for the seasonal release, including Mahr’s Bräu and Brauhaus Riegele.
“Cornelius and his team from Brauhaus Miltenberger embody the spirit and tradition of Oktoberfest,” said Brian Grossman, brewer for Sierra Nevada, in a press release. “It was a great to host them at our brewery in Mills River, NC, for the creation of this year’s fest beer. They brought literally centuries of family brewing experience to the mix and helped us create the ultimate festival beer.”
According to the press release, Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest will be released in 12-ounce cans for the first time as well as the 12-ounce bottles it has historically been packaged in. In addition, the brewery also announced that its Oktoberfest events will take place on Sept. 30 in Mills River, NC, while the Chico, California’s event will span two weekends: Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7.