Oktoberfest originated in 1810 as a wedding celebration between the Crown Prince of Bavaria (where Munich is located), Ludwig the First, and Princess Therese. Spread out over two weeks prior to the first Sunday in October, the celebration actually begins and runs mostly in September. Today, millions of people visit Munich during the festival each year.
The Oktoberfest beer has caramel, toasty, and malty flavors, with very little sweetness in the finish and a dark gold to copper color. Technically, Oktoberfest beer can only be produced inside the city limits of Munich, limiting its production to six breweries. The brewers for AMB, cousins Nathan and Chris, can trace their ancestors far back into Germany's history. Their grandmother's maiden name is Von Watzdorf, and this noble family founded the Watzdorf Brauerei in 1411, and it is still operating today! Unfortunately, this brewery does not make an Oktoberfest/Märzen. In order to honor our German heritage, we made this seasonal Oktoberfest and named it the Von Watzdorf Oktoberfest. It has delicious, complex malt character with the smooth mouthfeel of a lager. Come, enjoy this beer, and prost to Oktoberfest!