Monday, 31 August 2009 16:00

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest Returns to Toast the Autumn Season

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI (Sep 2009) - As the hot summer months slowly come to a close and local Oktoberfest celebrations commence across the country, Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - featuring a newly designed label with a rich fall theme - returns, offering the perfect pairing for crisp autumn evenings.

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brings the traditional German Marzen-style flavor to bottles and drafts across the U.S.

Available in late-August through October each year, Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest is brewed with Munich, Caramel and a blend of 2-row Pale malts. These barley malts give Leinie's Oktoberfest a rich, hearty character and deep amber color, while four hop varieties provide an aromatic and smooth, well-balanced lager.

"We began brewing Oktoberfest in 2001 in honor of our great-great grandfather who came from Germany and started Leinenkugel's in 1867," said Jake Leinenkugel, president of the 142-year-old Upper Midwest brewery. "Oktoberfest has grown into a seasonal favorite and the hand-crafted brew's nationwide popularity continues to grow year after year. We're delighted that it's time for Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest once again."

Available nationwide in six and 12-pack bottles at supermarkets and liquor stores and on draft at bars and restaurants, Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pairs well not only with bratwurst and sauerkraut, but is also an excellent complement to full-flavored hors d'oeuvres and hearty soups and chili. Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest retails for approximately $6.99 - $7.49 a six-pack.

Try this great festive recipe that highlights Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest.
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest-Infused Brew Brats
* 1 dozen brats
* 1 dozen brat buns
* Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest, to cover
* 1 medium large sweet onion, sliced
* 1 green pepper, sliced
* 1 yellow pepper, sliced
* 1 red pepper, sliced
* 2 ounces butter

Place brats in a Dutch oven with sliced onions, peppers and butter, cover the brats with Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until brats are cooked. Remove brats and set aside remaining beer mixture. Grill brats until golden brown and return to beer mixture until ready to serve. Serve brats on fresh brat buns with your favorite toppings (sauerkraut, onions, peppers, ketchup, mustard). Savor with a Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest and enjoy.

About Leinenkugel's
Leinenkugel's, brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is the leading craft brewer in the upper Midwest. Year-round offerings include Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Leinie's Red, Creamy Dark, Original, Light, and Leinenkugel's Classic Amber Lager. In addition to the Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel's offers three other limited-release seasonal beers including summer favorite Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, Fireside Nut Brown and 1888 Bock. For more information on the rich history of Leinenkugel's, visit www.leinie.com or join virtual Leinie loyalists at www.facebook.com/leinenkugels.
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