Get your tickets for the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest here.

2018 TOUR DATES: DBN 31 AUG - 1 SEP, CT 28 - 29 SEP, PTA 2 - 3 NOV


A traditional Oktoberfest Mӓrzen beer is dark to warm amber in colour, boasting toasty aromas, layered malt flavours, a clean lager palate and a dry finish. It's also usually more alcoholic too, coming in at over 6% abv. While this might just sound like an excellent recipe for beer today, hundreds of years ago it represented a combination of cutting edge brewing techniques to achieve one of man's greatest challenges: how do you keep beer flowing all year round in a world without refrigeration?
 
You may well know that fermentation is a living biological process between hops, yeast and malted barley in water. What you may not have realised is how much faster that fermentation reaction occurs in higher temperatures and how much that can change the nature of what you're brewing. The best, most flavourful beers (or wines, sauerkraut, whisky or kimchi) are made when the flavours can develop over time, softening the edges and bringing once-subtle flavours into the fore. So how did the brewers entrusted with supplying five days of beer to the people of Munich, to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, manage to make a slow brewed beer that could only be enjoyed after surviving a long, hot summer? They did what brilliant beer-loving Bavarians have always done: Head for the mountains!
 
Beer-lovers all over Europe knew that if you wanted to enjoy a beer at harvest time you had better make it a good while before, but as late as possible, usually the last crisp weeks of spring in March (hence the name). A late brew was a good way to leave the absolute minimum amount of time in which the beer could spoil, but these harvest brews were usually quite sweet and strongly alcoholic as well, ensuring maximum preservation. The absolute kicker that makes Bavarian Mӓrzen the premier harvest beer though, is the beautiful alpine climate - high up, crisp, clear and cool with access to glaciers, snow and caves, allowing these genius fellows to lager their beer all summer long, at optimal temperature, in caves stocked with ice! Truly remarkable. The Mӓrzen beers then slowly shifted from dark, warm amber to bright gold as the Industrial Revolution provided the refrigeration required to make the preservative powers of darker beers unnecessary.
 
Whether you enjoy Mӓrzen, Weiss, Dunkel, or just a wünderbar exBIERience, be sure to check out the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest, featuring hand crafted beers from a man who brewed Oktoberfest Bier for the hordes that descend on Munich every year! The TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is proudly poured by CBC and features no less than ten beers, the way it's meant to be made and celebrated.