Black Raven Flocktoberfest, not your average festbier

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Autumn is rapidly approaching and the Washington Beer Events Calendar is quickly filling up with Oktoberfest events. Breweries are beginning to announce the release of their associated seasonal beers. Black Raven Brewing released Flocktoberfest today at the brewery’s taproom.

Traditionally, when a brewery creates a beer this time of year with the moniker Oktoberfest attached, it is brewed in the style of a traditional Märzen. In fact, Oktoberfest and Märzen are essentially the same beer. It gets really confusing because the name Märzen or Märzen Bier literally means March or March beer in German. There’s a backstory. There’s a reason why March Beer is served at autumnal harvest festivals like Oktoberfests. Read more about it here. To further confuse things, in terms of beer styles, Oktoberfest is essentially the same thing as Festbier, both of which are essentially Märzen.

Black Raven Brewing doesn’t care about that kind of stuff. They’ve got their own ideas. Flocktoberfest, the seasonal beer the brewery just released, is based on an entirely different tradition. For this one, Black Raven fashioned the recipe after traditional Vienna Lager.


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Here’s the release notice for this year’s Flocktoberfest from Black Raven Brewing:

The Flocktoberfest is Black Raven’s fall seasonal lager. Brewed in the German Vienna Lager style, this clean and balanced beer is the perfect summer into fall treat. Flocktoberfest is crafted with traditional Czech grown and malted barley for an authentic European malt flavor with a light, toasty undertone. Domestic and European hops provide a balanced, light hop profile.


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ABV: 5.0%

SEASONAL RELEASE
TAPROOM DRAFT & GROWLERS

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