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October: what a great time to love drinking beer. The whole month is filled with festivals focused on drinking beer, eating brats, drinking more beer, getting caught up with your favorite polka hits and drinking even more beer. Well this week, I picked out some great beers to help you enjoy some good polka music.

-Aaron

And Now, the Brews


The first one to help you dance to polka, the home town favorite:

Surly | Surlyfest
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This beer smells so good right from crack of the can. It has a great hoppy nose to it. Surlyfest pours a beautiful dark amber with a fair amount head. I enjoy how smooth this beer goes down, with a nice hop bit on the finish that compliments the smoothness of the beer. Hard beer to hate. 4 out of 5 bottle caps. This beer will do well with one of those over-sized pretzels and some great hits from Whoopee John Wilfahrt.
4pk 16oz cn | 6% ABV | 30 IBUs

 


 

 

Great Lakes Brewing Co | Oktoberfest
lOktoberfestBottle Next beer to shake a leg with is from Great Lakes Brewing Co: their Marzen Oktoberfest. “What is Marzen style,” you ask? Well, before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’d keep. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content. Good to know right? Well with that said this beer is very true to form. It pours dark amber and has little to no hop aroma, but you can smell the richness. I would like to say you can almost chew on this one. If you like big rich beers, this is the beer for you. I rate this beer at 3 out of 5 bottle caps. Enjoy it with anything you want to put sauerkraut on and some great hits from the Six Fat Dutchmen.
6pk btl | 6.5% ABV | 20 IBUs


Weihenstephaner | Festbier
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The last but not least: my personal favorite German brewery is also the world’s oldest—Weihenstephaner Festbier. This beer pours a bright straw color. The nose is of traditional aroma, very floral. The mouth feel has more carbonation then the others and is not as heavy. This is an easy drinking beer. At almost 6% abv, this could make any polka music sound amazing. So I think this beer is a little sweeter then the most but I’m not holding that against them. 4 out of 5 caps. This beer can wash down any overcooked Brat you might find at the end of the night, and also pairs with the killer hits from “Frankie” Yankovic.
16.9oz | 5.8% ABV | 26 IBUs

 

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