Dust off your one-liter beer mug because September is the time to enjoy the many Oktoberfest beers being brewed in eastern Iowa — perhaps even at one of the area’s many Oktoberfest festivals.
Here’s a run-down of the Oktoberfest beers being released by local breweries.
Another Road: The Marion brewery will release its Oktoberfest, along with a pumpkin stout and a s’mores porter, at the brewery’s Oktoberfest party, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (631 9th Street, Marion). Many other Oktoberfest beers will be available at the party, including those from Exile, Millstream, Central Waters, Schell, Ballast Point, Goose Island, Kalona, Schlafly, and Odell.
Backpocket: Hawktoberfest is available in six-packs and on tap.
Granite City: The brewery-restaurant’s traditional Oktoberfest will be tapped Sept. 4.
Great River: Oktoberfest is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, which feature a redesigned wrapping this year.
Iowa Brewing Company: Iowa Fest, a traditional märzen, will be released around September 15. It will be available at the brewery, on tap and at Iowa City’s Northside Oktoberfest.
Iowa City Brewlab: Festbier — a lighter, helles-style Oktoberfest beer that is now commonly served at the Oktoberfest in Munich — will be released in mid-September.
Kalona: Limber Legs is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on tap.
Lion Bridge: Two “imperial Oktoberfest” beers — Oktobot and its barrel-aged version, Oktobot 3000 — will be released on Sept. 14. Both will be available at the brewery and local establishments serving Iowa craft beers.
Millstream: The always outstanding Oktoberfest hit local beers shelves and tap lines a few weeks ago. Many Maßkrüge (Bavarian beer mugs) will be filled with it at the Amana Colonies’ Oktoberfest, Sept. 30–Oct. 2.
The Quarter Barrel: Oktoberfest will be released at the Festival of Iowa Beers on Sept. 4. Along with being available for enjoyment while playing Galaga at The Quarter Barrel, it will be served at Iowa City’s Northside Oktoberfest.
ReUnion: Marzen will be on tap throughout the Oktoberfest season.
This article was originally published in Little Village issue 205.