We’re still a week away from 2017 Labor Day celebrations and the unofficial end of summer. But the office is already buzzing about changes in the air. Evenings are starting to cool a little faster, leaves are beginning to crunch underfoot, and we’re ready to start our countdown to one of the most treasured times in Western North Carolina—Oktoberfest!
As a craft beer hub, Asheville takes Oktoberfest seriously. Already, we’re seeing specialty brews being released in town. Soon, we’ll inevitably see more across the region. You don’t have to wait until scarf season to enjoy them. Throw on your crisp white capris and head to one of these 5 breweries to enjoy a crisp seasonal ale.
Catawba Brewing Company – Festbier
Raise a stein to this authentic German-style lager. Brewed according to modern day Bavarian standards, the Festbier represents a lighter, more sessionable evolution of the classic Märzen style. Stay tuned for their seasonal King Don’s Pumpkin Ale on September 15.
South Slope: 32 Banks Avenue, Asheville | (828) 552-3934
Biltmore Village: 63 Brooks Street, Asheville | (828) 424-7290
French Broad Brewing Company – Zepptemberfest
French Broad’s annual fall seasonal, Zepptemberfest has been out less than a week, so you have a chance to get it while it’s hot! Or rather, while it’s perfectly chilled. The classic Oktoberfest beer balances a clean lager smoothness with a big malty body. Perfect for fall.
101 Fairview Road #D, Asheville | (828) 277-0222
Highland Brewing Company – Clawhammer
Highland is known for their popular seasonal brews, and the Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager is no exception. The Märzen-style lager is brewed with traditional German malt for a full-bodied taste and spicy finish. $1 from each pour benefits the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville | (828) 299-3370
Hi-Wire Brewing – Zirkusfest
All the flavors you want in a rich Märzen (biscuits and honey, yum!) without the heavy finish. Try the Zirkusfest on tap today, or wait just a few days to catch the barrel-aged Sour Pumpkin Ale, as well—out in 375ml bottles this Saturday, September 1.
South Slope: 197 Hilliard Avenue, Asheville | (828) 738-2448
Biltmore Village: 2 Huntsman Place, Asheville (828) 738-2448
New Belgium Brewing Company – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
If everything listed above still hasn’t piqued your interest, this beer will. Featuring habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon, this spicy brew puts the “fun” back in pumpkin pie ales. You’ll enjoy it so much you won’t care about spelling.
21 Craven Street, Asheville | (828) 333-6900
We’re excited to see more seasonal beers as they roll out! Have you spotted one that we missed? Share it with us in the comments below.