Although summer is in full swing here in the Northwest, breweries are preparing to release their fall beers. So ready or not, here they come! I'm a big fan of autumn beers. Sadly, they are available for a relatively short window because they're sandwiched between the long summer and winter beer seasons.
So here's one you might want to keep an eye out for. Ninkasi is releasing a special German-style Oktoberfest to commemorate Mount Angel Oktoberfest's 50th anniversary. This limited release is brewed with local hops from Goschie, 4G, and Annen farms. For more details, check out the news release below.
NINKASI BREWING COMPANY celebrates Mount Angel Oktoberfest with 50th anniversary beer, available august 2015
EUGENE, Ore.—July 23, 2015—In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Mount Angel Oktoberfest, Ninkasi Brewing Company releases a specially-brewed German-style Oktoberfest this August to 12-ounce 6-packs and draft sold throughout Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. The beer will also be featured throughout the festival, happening Sept. 17-20, in Mount Angel, Ore.
The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the Pacific Northwest, Mount Angel Oktoberfest draws more than 350,000 people each September. Since 1966, the festival celebrates the harvest with a focus on the thriving local hop industry. Complete with four biergartens, world class entertainment, Bavarian treats, family-friendly activities, a car show and more, the Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers something for everyone.
“The opportunity to partner directly with local hop farmers and make a beer to celebrate such a big milestone with the Mount Angel Oktoberfest is a great demonstration of the things that make it so awesome to be a part of the craft beer industry in the Pacific Northwest,” says Ninkasi CEO Nikos Ridge. “Our commemorative beer is not only brewed true to the Oktoberfest style, but also features hops from local farmers including Goschie, 4B and Annen farms.”
“A special lager graced with Ninkasi's creative, quality brewing will help us to provide the best possible experience for our beer drinking guests,” explains Peter Schmidt, Mount Angel Oktoberfest VP. “Ninkasi helps share the message that our festival is a harvest celebration, by using one of our local treasured crops; hops, harvested from fields just out of town.”
Mount Angel Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 17-20 in Mount Angel, Ore. – just thirty minutes east of Salem. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oktoberfest.org. Ninkasi’s commemorative Mount Angel Oktoberfest beer will be available before the festival in 12-ounce 6-packs starting mid-August, and on-draft throughout the celebration weekend.
Mount Angel Oktoberfest Stats
Available: Mid-August 2015
Starting Gravity: 1054
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Pilsner, Munich, Carahell
Hops: Sterling (Goschie Farms, Silverton), Crystal (4B Farms, Mount Angel), Sorachi Ace (Annen Farms, Mount Angel)
Packaging: 12oz. 6-Packs, Draft
Distribution: Northern Oregon and Southern Washington
Description: This commemorative beer marks the 50th anniversary of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest and is brewed with hops cultivated by local farmers. Crafted in Oregon with a nod to its German roots, this lager is light-bodied with a subtle toasty malt complexity. A distinct hop finish is achieved from a final dry hopping of Sorachi Ace. Raise your stein to the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in the Pacific Northwest!
About Ninkasi Brewing CompanyFounded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.