-Don your lederhosen and dirndls and raise your steins because it’s everyone’s favourite Bavarian-beer-drinking time of year: Oktoberfest. Here are five to try.
Rise and Stein (hefeweizen)
Garrison Brewing Co.
This 2015 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards gold winner pours straw yellow with a fluffy white head that looks like fresh meringue. The banana flavours practically drag you in, where you’re treated to abundant clove spiciness. Drink this out of a glass for the full effect. Visit the brewery on Oct. 5 for Das Big Party with food, live music, and games. Admission is free.
Equinox Oktoberfest Lager (märzen)
Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
This reddish-brown lager starts light with a buzzy mouthfeel, then moves on to smooth dark malts with a hint of spiciness before making a dry finish. It’s brewed with 100% German malts and hops for the Oktoberfest purists among us.
Schnitz & Gigglez
Big Spruce Brewing
Nyanza, Nova Scotia
Brewed with German malts, this amber lager with a pillowy head looks lovely in a glass. Things only get better when you taste it. Watch for toffee, brown bread, and touches of dried apricot and candied orange.
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
This annual release won silver at the 2014 Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards. Refreshing and light, it features spicy and floral notes from the Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. This year Tata offers a second take on this beer: a dry-hopped option including floral Strisselspalt and Czech Saaz hops.
If you’re yearning to celebrate the season with a beverage straight from the source, this German option will hit the spot. The full-bodied and dark wheat beer features a touch of caramel and bread with a hint of nuts. The brewery first made it in 1989 as a birthday present for the company’s owner. He liked it so much that he added it to the roster in 1990.