Oktoberfest at Wolverine State Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest is right around the corner, but, here at Wolverine State, we’re starting things up a little early. 

Beginning September 12th, our release day of the traditional brew, limited-edition Wolverine State Brewing Co. Oktoberfest flip-top 32 oz growlers will be available in the Tap Room. Fill them with Oktoberfest, take them home, enjoy, rinse, and repeat. Anything goes — you can throw whatever beer (with a few exceptions) you’d like in there, but these flip-tops are practically begging for Oktoberfest. $20 for the fill-up and the bottle, $10 for the bottle alone. Your call! Anything goes!

In addition to the flip-tops, we’ll be featuring some traditional German fare. On the first day of Oktoberfest release, come into the tap room to enjoy Chef Matteo’s hasenpfeffer with mashed potatoes, and, on Saturday, smoked bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwiches will be featured. Bonus points if you show up in lederhosen. And Michigan is playing Miami of Ohio on Saturday the 13th, so let’s make this a big weekend.

A little history, for those interested: Oktoberfest (the beer) got its start in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig (later to become King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. He requested that a lager be created that he could serve to his guests (which included basically every citizen of Munich), but there was a little problem: lagers needed refrigeration. And time. The wedding took place in early October — hardly cold enough to support lagering! And refrigeration was a futuristic fantasy. What to do?

The brewers figured it out — they brewed the beer in late March, found a snowy cave, and then stuck the beer in there to lager up. Natural refrigeration! And so, Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese were able to get their guests plenty drunk on what turned out to be a delicate and extremely complex lager. Ahh, inventiveness. It drives the world!

This will be one heck of an Oktoberfest at Wolverine State. We look forward to seeing you there! Prost!