Weekly Online Newsletter Vol. 1
I hope you had a safe and spirited Labor Day Weekend with friends and family.
Mine was rather uneventful, I cleaned out the garage and did yard work between the several rain falls that we had all weekend long but of course, I made time to enjoy some beer J. As I stated last week I will be focusing on our vast selection of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers the next several weeks. This week the beer I will be focusing on comes from a local brewery located in New Ulm, Minnesota – August Schell’s Oktoberfest.
August Schell’s Brewery is deeply rooted in German heritage as August the first generation of brewers laid the first brick for the brewery in 1860 after arriving from his homeland Germany. Today, their beers are living proof of their German heritage. Ask your Bergseth Bros. Sales Rep about the draft program “When the Keg Blows the Boot Goes”.
Dave McDonald – August Schell Brewery Rep, ND & SD
August Schell Okotberfest – 5.5% ABV – Available 4/6 btls, 2/12 btls, 1/6 bbls & ½ bbls
With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season. A slightly higher strength, and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota. The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma. It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness. Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.
Those who have had the opportunity to experience Oktoberfest in Munich will no doubt have vivid memories of the “halb hendl” or rotisserie chickens they serve with a side of French fries. You will also find pork knuckles, wurst, kraut, assorted sausages, and salted white onions. Germans have perfected the art of pork and beer pairings by means of the sausage. The sweeter, toasty malt flavors and relatively subtle hopping pair well with rich but not strongly flavored pork. Soaking or cooking the brats in beer will only strengthen that marriage of flavors. Moving away from the traditional pairings, Oktoberfest is a very versatile beer. Steaks and burgers fresh off the grill will pair nicely as long as they aren’t drown in sauces. Sweet-sauce pizza also works well, as the bready malts pair nicely with the tomato sauce and crust, while the crisp carbonation and light hops keep if from being cloying. For cheese pairings, try highlighting the nutty, malty flavors of Oktoberfest with creamy, earthy, nutty varieties like robust Swiss, Emmental and Gruyére.
Click on the PLAY Button below to Experience the
2014 August Schell Oktoberfest Celebration
Please check with your sales person on availability and pricing (please note some products are not available in certain markets)
Brian J. Frank | Craft Beer Specialist | Cicerone ® Certified Beer Server
701.388.5803 | 501 23rd Street North | Fargo, ND