Founders to release Oktoberfest

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  1. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (349) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    https://foundersbrewing.com/latest-news/2020/new-beer-release-oktoberfest-2/

    For the seventh time we’ve brewed a beer to benefit ArtPrize, an art competition hosted in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Unfortunately, ArtPrize was cancelled this year but that doesn’t meant we cancelled our contribution to the event. We’re taking a taproom exclusive from our Mothership Series and making it available for the first time nationwide. Slap on your lederhosen and get your dirndl pressed because it’s time for…

    OKTOBERFEST!

    Blink and you’ll think you’re in Bavaria. We went all in on tradition with our Oktoberfest, using imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish. This beer pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone. Our version is akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to Reinheitsgebot for all you purists out there. Prost! 6.0% ABV.

    Oktoberfest will be available in 6-pack and 15-pack cans and on draft as early as this August.

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  2. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,156) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Nice
     
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  3. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,097) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Well this is good to see. I will be snagging some when it lands, awesome to see them makes this.
    Cheers
     
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  4. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    What, no BreakfastFest?

    Sorry, that was snarky -- definitely keeping an eye out for this.
     
  5. Judgie

    Judgie Initiate (198) Nov 21, 2012 Indiana

    I will happily drink an Oktoberfest in August. It will need to be colder than technically correct, but I will compensate by grilling the brats like hot dogs.
     
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  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Grilling the brats like hot dogs? Explain please. That's pretty much how I grill them. :-)
     
  7. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,097) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL same.
    Now I have a complex that I have been doing it wrong :grimacing:

    I do know some folks like to cook them in a pan with onions and other stuff. Maybe this?
     
  8. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (504) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Seriously!?
    Personally I would have preferred a pale weisn style Oktoberfest. A quality beer in that style would stand out.
     
  9. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (349) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I can't wait for August. Just not a lot of Summer beers that I crave. Not a huge IPA guy and the sour craze doesn't make much sense to me. Bring on the Oktoberfests, pumpkins, and browns.
     
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  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Wiesn. :grin:

    Here we go! I'm starting early this year! :laughing:
     
  11. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (349) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I like the pale styles more myself. Sierra Nevada got me hooked on those a couple years ago. I had drank just Marzen style Oktoberfest before that. Now I seek out Paulaner's Wiesn and drink more of it than other options. A pale would certainly stand out more, as Paulaner is the only pale option I can usually find and typically in short supply.
     
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  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    There's the whole simmering fresh brats in butter and onions beforehand that I've done in the past, but mostly I just drop those babies right on the grill.
     
  13. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,097) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Same here. I tried them a few times via the pan route (no grill) and enjoy them more on the Weber. Love that smokey hit from the charcoal and all.
     
  14. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Oh, I always grill 'em up even if I pre-simmer them. Just not right without a little char! :-D

    I've seen people drop them back in the summer pan after grilling, but that just makes 'em too soggy for me.
     
  15. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,318) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    Since we are devolving into talking about brats, I learned this technique from the Weber grill book and better with buying raw brats. Grill/sear the brats first with higher heat (like 10 minutes, flipping halfway through) and then put them in an aluminum foil pan (still on the grill) with beer, onions, kraut, and apples. Let them cook in there on lower heat for like 25 minutes or so. Then you end up with the grill marks and nicely seared, but since you do that first, you retain all the beer juiciness and such from it sitting in the solution afterward. Basically the opposite of the old way of marinating first and then grilling.
     
  16. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,196) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Ever tried them on, say, a George Foreman grill or something similar? I had doubts but I was most pleasantly surprised.
     
  17. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I bet they are good, but I stick to summer or fall grilling for my brats.
     
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  18. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,196) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I gotta grab me some. The last Independent grocery store in Casper has some beer brats that are calling my name. :wink:
     
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  19. waltari

    waltari Initiate (75) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    As long as we get the 15pk I am all for it.
     
  20. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Back to Founders, has anyone had the taproom exclusive this Okto is based on?
     
  21. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (239) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Excited for this release, with my brats boiled preferably :wink:
     
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  22. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Savant (989) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Breakfast Stout with pumpkin baby food purée added? Maybe have the baby have a jack o lantern as a head on the label.

    We are on to something...
     
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  23. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I was thinking of something more Oktoberfest-like and a lot less pumpkin-like.

    (Honestly, I was really thinking I hope this will be a good Okto and not gimmicky)
     
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  24. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Should never boil brats, just simmer -- and always finish on the grill -- we're not talking Weisswurst here. ;-)
     
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  25. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Initiate (112) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    Try sticking some holes in the brats with a fork before putting them in with the beer next time. It will infuse a little more beer flavor into them.
     
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  26. Judgie

    Judgie Initiate (198) Nov 21, 2012 Indiana

    Pretty much like this:

    Brats need TLC, and the beer soak keeps them juicy & tender all day. Hot dogs just get charred, eaten, & belched. IMO.
     
  27. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I treat all my grilled food with TLC. ;-)
     
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  28. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    It will also let all the good brat flavor to escape!
     
  29. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (334) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    15 packs of oktoberfest at the 15 pack price point sounds wonderful. Is 2020 about to take a turn positive?!
     
  30. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aspirant (258) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    This is awesome news, can't wait to try this one when it comes out.
     
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  31. beerwego

    beerwego Initiate (83) Dec 5, 2019 New York

    Apart from their (un)pilsner, has Founders ever released a lager? I don't see them inherently producing a good one,but let's find out in July
     
  32. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (487) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    You’re not gonna find a bigger fan of tubed meats on this board than myself...

    Loving all the care everyone seems to be putting into their tube meat prep.
     
  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,366) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    They seem to have been moving a fair amount of their Solid Gold, but I can't say I've ever tried it. That and their pilsner are the only large scale lagers they've made as far as I know
     
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  34. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aspirant (258) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I trust founders to make this one good, their description of it would support that. To be fair @beerwego their pilsner is not marketed as a traditional pils, they're very open about what is in it on their site as well is it not being german, czech, etc.: american hopped pilser hopped with Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Crystal.

    I will start with a six and if its good i'll go the 15 pack route.
     
  35. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (239) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Mmmmmm... Weisswurst....

    I used to grill my brats all the time and I'll admit that it is a much different taste - even simmered them in beer beforehand on many occasions, and it did come out pretty good. Personally, I just like the taste of them boiled in water, consumed with a cold liter of schwarzbier on the side... not very exciting, but it's just my preference (I guess that's just what it BOILS down to?:weary:).
     
  36. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,005) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well, not around these parts. Give me a simmered (not boiled!) Sabrett or Boar's Head Natural Casing All-Beef hot dog, with yellow mustard on a nice Martin's Long potato roll. (Some chili on a rare occasion.)

    Sure, once in awhile I'll grab a charred dog off a grill or giddle, just for a change (and not to let the thing go to waste). If I lived further north in Jersey, I suspect I'd be a more consistent purchaser of that region's deep-fried dogs...
     
  37. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    To the Founders new Okto, I'll add my prediction now, in June: this beer will probably be another Ami Okto; semi-sweet and caramelly. Why? Because, as has often been experienced, that's how Americans think Okto should taste. Just me, but we'll see.
     
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  38. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,318) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    I have noticed that a lot of the newer ones (last 2-4 years) have not had that problem as often, and many have actually gone the more golden Festbier route. At least here in MN.
     
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  39. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Understood, and those are still a little lacking compared with Bavarian examples, but I'm basing my prediction of Founder's new beer on the description they're giving.
     
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  40. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,379) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Un Pilsner as in PC Pils or have you tried the Solid Gold lager? It was good
     
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