Summit - Unchained 15: Fest Bier

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by BottleCaps80, Dec 26, 2013.

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  1. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (586) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    An Oktoberfest beer released in the Winter?

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  2. Pug

    Pug Disciple (381) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I saw that. Summit already brews an Oktoberfest beer, so I'm not quite sure what's going on here. I'll be happy to give it a shot, though!
     
  3. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2012 Iowa

    Nothing to do with the subject (well, kind of)...but Summit is on sale at PHill for 6.99/six. Picked up a Saga..can't beat the price point!
     
  4. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Initiate (144) Feb 22, 2007 Iowa
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    Always $6.99 at the Oakland rd hyvee in cedar rapids. My go to sixer, be it pilsner, epa, or saga.
     
  5. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Aspirant (229) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    Another seemingly harmless thread, jacked by Saga.
     
  6. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Poo-Bah (2,748) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota
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    I for one will happily drink an Oktoberfest no matter what time of year it is. Yay, Summit.
     
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  7. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (561) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    It's the Unchained series. The chosen brewer gets to brew whatever the heck he feels like.
     
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  8. Pug

    Pug Disciple (381) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    On Facebook, Summit said it was a springtime fest bier. It is releasing in March, 5.5% ABV.
     
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  9. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Maybe a fresh Marzen, before it is aged?
     
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  10. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Initiate (144) Feb 22, 2007 Iowa
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    Maifest maybe? Not as big as the Maibock
     
  11. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2011 Texas
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    I literally hate you.
     
  12. jimmah120

    jimmah120 Champion (814) Feb 21, 2012 Minnesota

    i drive 5min to the grocery store and buy saga for 10.99 a 12er

    **muahahahahahaha**
     
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  13. ThreeKingdoms

    ThreeKingdoms Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Minnesota

  14. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Aspirant (229) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    This sounds fantastic!
     
  15. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (183) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Combo of Oktoberfest and Weiss? I'm in.
     
  16. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (77) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

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  17. Jason

    Jason Founder (7,779) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    This beer is near perfection ...

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  18. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,707) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Have not come across this yet. Word is that it is dry and crisp. Just the way I like my lagers.
     
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  19. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (196) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Is this in liquor stores yet?
     
  20. 4four4

    4four4 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2007 Minnesota

    I wish Mark would brew his Alt beer again. I loved that beer.
     
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  21. summitbeer

    summitbeer Initiate (23) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    Honored to have the Brothers as big fans of the beer. The beer is not really anything like our fall seasonal Oktoberfest, it's just the closest style to reference while trying to explain the overall vibe. Fest Bier is only about 5.5% ABV and much more dry, bitter and overall hoppy than Okto. I have attended several release events this week and, man, is it easy to put down more than a few of these. Lagered twice as long as any other Summit lager (Pilsener, Okto, Maibock...).

    Here's a video interview I shot and edited with brewe Nate Dog Siats:



    Chip @ Summit
     
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  22. summitbeer

    summitbeer Initiate (23) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    It has been discussed for brewing on the Pilot System and being served in the Beer Hall. Actually it has been kicked around to do a Throwback Series of Beer Hall Exclusives possibly featuring a lot of the lost brands - ESB, Alt, Scandia, Hefe. Time will tell.
     
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  23. summitbeer

    summitbeer Initiate (23) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    Should be. I have seen stores and beer fans tweeting pics of it on shelves and reviews from bottled pours.
     
  24. 4four4

    4four4 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2007 Minnesota

    Cool. Make sure you brew the soft ball beer. It's been a long time since I drank the Sparkling Ale. ;)
     
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  25. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Poo-Bah (2,748) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota
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    Summit needs to start its own Frühlingsfest, because this beer tastes much better in a 2L stein.
     
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  26. igor

    igor Initiate (156) Nov 7, 2009 Minnesota

    This stuff is delicious. I had a few Sat afternoon at the tap room. Nate Dogs was there too. Double win!
     
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  27. summitbeer

    summitbeer Initiate (23) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    BOOOOOOYA!
     
  28. summitbeer

    summitbeer Initiate (23) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    @KarlHungus - would you mind if I posted that to Facebook (and/or Twitter) with proper courtesy to your BA Handle (or you can e-mail me you real name to <newmedia@summitbrewing.com>).
     
  29. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Poo-Bah (2,748) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota
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    Go for it, and my real name is Tim Schlee.
     
  30. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    please bring back the esb. thanks.
     
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  31. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    The hype is real with this one. Could drink a thousand of these, you guys.
     
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  32. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    really lookin' forward to the weekend
     
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  33. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    lol yes!
     
  34. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (586) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Anybody seen this in the DSM area yet?
     
  35. millelacsmark

    millelacsmark Devotee (490) Dec 23, 2008 Minnesota
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    Just finished my 1st Fest Bier. Delicious. Now if there was a Bavarian style bier hall serving this out of 1 liter steins I would be in heaven.
     
  36. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Aspirant (229) Jun 18, 2008 Minnesota

    Yes, this one is quite good. While I'm a fan of Summit, their Oktoberfest is hands-down and going away my favorite beer they brew and my favorite Oktoberfest beer. Would love to see this one as a regular season!
     
  37. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,244) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Was this a a real small batch brew? Can't get this in northern Mn for some reason when we could get the other Unchained...
     
  38. Ejayz

    Ejayz Initiate (0) May 15, 2011 Iowa

    I picked up some at the HY Vee on Fluer Dr in Des Moines last Friday. Great beer Summit!
     
  39. jimmah120

    jimmah120 Champion (814) Feb 21, 2012 Minnesota

    took a while for me to see this one, maybe it's just slow going out?
     
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