10 craft beers to try at the Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest gets underway soon in Valor Park at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach.

The 9th annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest will not only have craft beer on Oct. 13-14 at Valor Park in The Market Common, but will also have food, a pumpkin patch, vendors and things to do with the family.

The fest is open from 4-9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Valor Park in The Market Common. Here are the 10 Oktoberfest Biers that will be featured at the event, along with where the beer is brewed and a few words about the bier from each brand’s website:

Sam Adams Oktoberfest – Boston – “In 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition was born when Munich celebrated the Crown Prince’s wedding with a special beer and 16-day party. Our version of this classic style blends hearty malts for a deep, smooth flavor with notes of caramel, creating a brew that’s perfect for the season, or whatever you’re celebrating.”

Angry Orchard Cider – Walden, New York – “Our cider makers have been experimenting with apple varieties and unique styles to develop hard cider recipes for 20 years. Branch Out and discover your Angry Orchard.”

Highland Clawhammer – Asheville, N.C. – “Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a lightly colored, but toasty, rich and full-bodied Marzen style lager, brewed with traditional German malt and the finest noble hops. A spicy hop finish and aroma balance out the abundance of malt flavor.”

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest – Freising, Germany – “A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor. Prost!”

New South Oktoberfest – Myrtle Beach,  S.C. – “Our delicious rendition is a traditionally brewed amber lager. It exhibits a clean and crisp German hop character, slightly dominated by a malty smoothness. Gold medal winner at the 1999 Great American Beer Fest.”

Cigar City Jai Alai – India Pale Ale brewed in Tampa, Fla. – “Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.”

Southern Tier Pumking – Pittsburgh, Penn./Lakewood, N.Y. – “The King of pumpkin beers. All Hallow’s Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent. It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale. Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer. Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking.”

Rogue Pumpkin – Newport, Oregon – “Real Rogue Farms pumpkins complemented by spices provide a genuine pumpkin flavor without too much sweetness.”

Spaten Oktoberfest (bottles) – “The beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest: aromatic, savoury, gold-colored.”

Warsteiner Oktoberfest (bottles) – “Celebrate German heritage with this authentic, German Specialty Beer. A truly German import brewed according to the German Purity Law, as are all Warsteiner beers, in limited quantities especially for Oktoberfest celebrations. This special edition has a well-balanced, mild and smooth taste with a uniquely soft, hoppy aftertaste and 5.9% alcohol. So bring a bit of Germany with you to your next Oktoberfest celebration and bring a Warsteiner Oktoberfest Special Edition.”



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