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Brandon Griffiths
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On Oktoberfest Beers

Two autumns ago, I picked up a six pack of Victory Festbier at random from a local craft beer store. I tend to "ride the seasons," picking through each brewery's timely releases. This is an easy way to compare a bunch of different brews that should be on a similar plane. Unlike many of my East Coast brethren, however, I stay away from pumpkin beers - don't ask me why.

Back to Festbier. The funny thing after I'd finished the sixer, I went back for another and another until they were gone from the shelves as spicy winter beers took their place. But Festbier would, that fall, take it's place in my top ten and I eagerly awaited its return the following year.

As summer 2011 ended, I kept a look out for Festbier. You need a nice märzen when you spend an entire Sunday sequestered watching NFL Red Zone. However, September came and went and I saw no sign of the stuff in any of my local sud shops. Finally, when visiting my nephews in Pennsylvania, I was able to procure an entire case (because that's how you have to buy beer there) for my personal enjoyment as well as to share. I passed it out to friends who were over proclaiming it as "my favorite beer." This is a claim that was true at the time.

This year, I didn't wait around to see if I could find Festbier locally. On a trip to PA, I picked up a case of it (and a case of Flying Fish Exit 4 - yum) and had been enjoying it as usual.

The funny thing is, I came across a review of the top Oktoberfest beers and I was shocked to see Festbier pretty far down the list. The top pick was Samuel Adams Oktoberfest and Festbier was maybe 51 / 100. I wish I could find the article because it was eye opening.

Determined to attempt to be objective about this, I ordered the Sam Adams variety from a few of our local chain restaurants. I don't know what it is about these places but their beer really tastes bad. I assume it's that they don't clean their taps enough, but that's just speculation.

Still trying to remain objective, I picked up a six pack of Sam Adams. This time, I was getting what all the fuss was about. As I drink the final beer from the pack a few weeks later, I actually  have a difficult time going back to my beloved Festbier.

The Sam Adams is lighter while still retaining that great Oktoberfest character. I'm not saying I won't go back to Festbier  (I plan on finishing it off), but it's funny how some random reviews somewhere on the internet can sharply change your perspective. If you haven't tried either of these, I suggest you pick some up.

Now, as winter beer season approaches, what will I think of my 21st Amendment Fireside Chat?
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