(Paso Robles, CA) – Firestone Walker’s fall traditional is again with the 2023 version of Oaktoberfest, an oak-inspired homage to the enduring “festbiers” which can be synonymous with Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest celebration.
The 2023 Oaktoberfest Oak Aged Lager (5.2% ABV) begins rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets this week in 6-pack (12-oz cans) and draft codecs. The title “Oaktoberfest” is a riff on Firestone Walker’s longtime dedication to brewing beer in oak barrels.
“Oaktoberfest is a beer that has stood the take a look at of time,” stated Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Actually, I consider that increasingly craft drinkers are craving for beers like Oaktoberfest. There’s a sure nostalgia to the fashion—easy, sessionable, flavorful and malt-forward. It’s the sort of beer that you simply naturally crave as summer season turns to fall.”
Lagered in Barrels
Oaktoberfest has been a seasonal staple at Firestone Walker courting again to the inaugural launch in 2006. The recipe has developed through the years, however latest tweaks have taken the beer to new heights.
A portion of the beer is lagered in French oak barrels inherited from certainly one of Napa Valley’s high cult wineries. The barrels are saved at a temperature of three°C for optimum lagering situations. In the meantime, the elements are decidedly German: Weyermann Vienna malt, Weyermann pilsner malt, noble German hops (Custom and Spalter Choose) and traditional 34/70 Weihenstephan lager yeast.
Oaktoberfest’s gentle amber coloration foreshadows its toasty, biscuity taste. The oak-barrel lagering permits for a fair smoother texture, all whereas remaining true to the beer’s crisp malt profile and hints of noble hops.
“Oaktoberfest is wealthy in taste but additionally light-bodied and straightforward to drink,” Brynildson stated. “Which makes it pleasant on heat and funky days alike.”
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Based by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker in 1996, Firestone Walker Brewing Firm is a California beer firm with three modern brewing services. Firestone Walker’s fundamental brewery in Paso Robles produces a various portfolio starting from iconic pale ales to classic barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, whereas the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice makes a speciality of R&D beers and restricted native choices. Firestone Walker can also be the brewery behind 805, one of many nation’s fastest-growing beers. Firestone Walker was just lately named “Greatest American Brewery of the Decade” by Paste Journal.