When does Octoberfest usually become available in distributors?

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  1. Brewmaster70Bill

    Brewmaster70Bill Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Assuming early August since everything is always at least a half season early! Anybody know or remember from previous years? Thanks!
     
  2. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Depends on the brewery, but yes, they start to trickle in around late July/early August. I remember seeing Sly Fox Octoberfest on the shelf when I bought Weyerbacher Impy Pumpkin last year, which was the first week in August.
     
  3. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I dislike seeing early pumpkin ales, but more Oktoberfest on the shelves is always a plus to me.
     
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  4. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Disciple (367) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Weyerbacher Imp Pumpkin is already out and has been for a couple weeks. Most of the Oktoberfests shouldn't arrive for another 3-4 weeks.
     
  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,713) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Some German O'fests, like Paulaner Marzen, are even available year round if you need a fix. I'd check the dates, in any event, though- every now and then you'll see somebody (distributor or retailer) trying to pass of old stock from the previous year.
     
  6. BigPlay1824

    BigPlay1824 Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2010 New York

    Sam Adams droped their oktoberfest on August first last year so im assuming the same for this year, id assume most others, depending on size and summer seasonals still stuck out in the market, will follow suit
     
  7. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,295) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Spaten Oktoberfest is year round. Last year Great Lakes had it on tap and for sale in bottles at the brewery the last weekend of July.
     
  8. LiquidTable

    LiquidTable Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 Michigan

    First week of August is typically release time for oktoberfest beers. The event I'm doing this weekend will feature several of these beers newly two weeks before the stores get them
     
  9. Jwren5

    Jwren5 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2011 Illinois

    I didn't know pumpkin ales were released this early. This thread makes me look forward to fall!
     
  10. Tamarack22

    Tamarack22 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Minnesota

    This year Summit had their Oktoberfest & Autumn Sampler packs available before July 4th; which is the earliest I've seen.
     
  11. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Disciple (332) Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
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    Sam Adams is usually one of the first and honestly I suspect that it's in distributors warehouses right now waiting for the summer to run out.
     
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  12. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    These days, I think they are out some time in the beginning for May...
     
  13. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Poo-Bah (3,676) Jun 27, 2007 California

    I'm in Southern CA, so I get SA Octoberfest pretty much last of everybody. The earliest I've seen it here was around August 12th.
     
  14. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,165) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Very soon. Sly Fox here in PA has their Ofest already in cans ready to ship. We will be seeing it very, very soon.
     
  15. Kinsman

    Kinsman Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2009 California

    Within the next few weeks. Many breweries have already started filling distributors orders so warehouses are filling up with O-fest and pumpkin beers all over the country. Once the summer beers clear out and stores are ready to take their orders you'll start seeing them.
     
  16. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts


    Give it another year and it will be May.
    Saw someone buying a case of Smuttynose pumpkin on June 22nd (two days after official start of summer) this year.
     
  17. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,624) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I don't think so (and hope not). They seem to use fiscal quarters:

    January - March = Spring beers
    April – June = Summer beers
    July – September = Fall beers
    October - December = Winter beers
     
  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,559) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I really enjoyed last year’s Sly Fox Oktoberfest in cans. I bought two six-packs in August 2011. My ‘beer memory’ may not be 100% accurate but IMHO last year’s version was the best ever!

    Cheers!
     
  19. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Devotee (491) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    So...as long as your by then -stale "seasonal" is still on the shelf for the 1st day of said season..it 's still considered a "seasonal "?

    Note to SHANEpb...not ragging on u but just frustrated with the seasonal creep going on.

    Hell I saw BOTH Post Road & Shipyard Pumpkin on draft last week at a bar...in mid -July during an excruciating heat wave here in New England.
     
  20. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (300) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    I can't wait each year in August when I can go to Costco and get my cases of Sam Adams Octoberfest. One of my favorite brews.
     
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  21. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    No Halloween or Thanksgiving pumpkin beers for you! (they will all be gone by then) :-(

    Just got done with one of the hottest weeks of the year - phew - now that the cold weather is finally here, bring on the Ofests, pumpkins, and brown ales..... <eyeroll>
     
  22. MarkF150

    MarkF150 Aspirant (270) Feb 9, 2009 Massachusetts
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    A few of the local stores got Harpoon UFO Pumpkin in today.
     
  23. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (197) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    One of our distributors said that he was getting a shipment of Octerberfest in next week. I'm fairly certain he said it was from Bells but I could be wrong so don't hate me if I am incorrect ;)
     
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