Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Okto Festival Ale : Resurrected!

My favorite fall seasonal


Popular seasonal ale returns just in time to wind down summer, gear up for autumn and 
Oktoberfest celebrations

PORTLAND, Ore. – Aug. 13, 2012 – With summertime winding down, Widmer Brothers Brewing is bringing back its salute to Bavaria’s Oktoberfest. OKTO Festival Ale, available now through October, is an ideal brew to enjoy as the lingering hot days of summer give way to a slight autumn chill creeping into the air.

“We’ve been brewing OKTO Festival Ale for 26 years, and there is a reason that it’s a seasonal favorite: it’s the perfect beer for the transition from summer to fall,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing, “Inspired by the festivities and brews of Bavaria’s Oktoberfest, OKTO is an easy-drinking, full-bodied beer with distinctive flavors and a crisp, clean finish.”

OKTO Festival Ale has a sweet, malty flavor, and Alchemy and Willamette hops add mild bitterness. The brew’s subtle, floral and spicy hop tones are complemented by a mild fruity ester character, and the beer finishes crisp and clean on the palate. Considered one of the brewery’s favorite seasonal ales, OKTO Festival Ale is brewed for a short time each year and is available in limited quantities on draught and in six-packs at select retailers.

About OKTO Festival Ale

Ingredients and Profile:
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Crystal 77-L, Caramunich II
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette
Original Gravity: 13.5
Apparent Gravity: 3.75
IBU: 28
Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%
Color: 25 SRM

About Widmer Brothers Brewing
What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they dreamed of brewing unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best-selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit