LONGMONT, CO – The autumn season is upon us and Left Hand Brewing Company is ready for the change. Bring on the cooler days, fall tradition, and the return of our favorite German gem – Oktoberfest! The Colorado based brewery is once again releasing its treasured Oktoberfest Märzen Lager just in time for the late summer/ fall season. Left Hand’s Oktoberfest is no festivus for the restuvus… on the contrary, Left Hand begins brewing in the late spring and it takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection. Moreover, the brewers perform a traditional but lengthy decoction mash process, boiling portions of the mash only 40% at a time. The laborious method takes up to 8 hours but is key to Oktoberfest’s color and complex flavor. The beautiful copper colored lager with signature malt and warm biscuit notes will be available in all 29 states where Left Hand is distributed.
Left Hand’s Oktoberfest is a märzen lager brewed true to style, giving tribute to its German roots. Drawing from his experiences of brewing for HRH Prinz Luitpold of Barvaria, Head Brewer Ro Guenzel has developed a complex yet balanced Oktoberfest that has become an annual cult favorite. Pouring a brilliant copper in color, the märzen lager entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. Oktoberfest begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.
The Oktoberfest label features traditional German elements with the modern treatment as a part of Left Hand’s packaging redesign with Moxie Sozo. The blue and white color checkered pattern as well as the featured lions, are a tribute to the state of Bavaria. Moreover, the prominent gold ring is a history buff’s nod to the marriage of Prince Ludwig & Princess Therese for which the celebration of Oktoberfest originates. Finally, Head Brewer Guenzel’s silhouette is blended in the left side of lion’s mane, a signature feature of many of Left Hand’s beer labels.
Following the refreshing frivolity of summer’s Good Juju and just before the dark and always mysterious Fade to Black, Oktoberfest gives us a touch of warmth and tradition that we yearn for in the autumn season. Full of toasty, malty goodness, Left Hand’s fans eagerly await the annual arrival of the brewery’s classic Märzen Lager. Time to roast your chicken and upend your stein before the air gets crisp, the leaves flame and the skies Fade to Black. Auf Geht’s!
About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 21 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 6 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewery was the first craft brewery to release a bottled Nitrogenated beer. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 29 states. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”