Ah, Märzen. For the non-aficionados, we’re referring to the Bavarian lager historically brewed and preserved during the spring and summer months to be enjoyed in the fall. Sure, the exact origin and evolution has been muddled over centuries, but you know where we’re going with this. Märzen is widely known as Oktoberfest, the official brew at the Munich beer festival of the same name.
The German tradition has grown into an international celebration of all things Bavarian, with incarnations popping up all across the U.S. And our favorite part of any Oktoberfest event: Oktoberfest beers. From Munich’s finest to some microbrew marvels, here are nine of the best.