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Monday, 19 September 2011 13:00

Harpoon Octoberfest Returns For the Season

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BOSTON, MA (Sep 2011) - As the first signs of fall settle into New England, so too does the arrival of Harpoon Octoberfest, a local favorite since 1989. Brewed with celebrations in mind, this full-bodied, seasonal beer is widely available in 6-packs, 12-packs, and on draft beginning late August. It is also the featured beer at the brewery’s annual Octoberfest celebrations held at their breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT.

Harpoon Octoberfest yields a smooth, malty taste and a mild bitterness. Its garnet-red color reflects a unique blend of malts, and pours with a thick head due to a small amount of wheat malt. “Over the years we have kept our award-winning Octoberfest style constant. I am always experimenting with different malts to create a more robust color,” says Al Marzi, Harpoon’s Chief Brewing Officer.

Harpoon Octoberfest is a Marzen lager, Marzen meaning “March” in German. Before modern refrigeration in Germany, March was the last month that beer could be brewed due to the lack of cold storage during the warmer summer months. Therefore, beer brewed in the spring had to be hearty enough to hold through the summer.

In 2008 Harpoon Octoberfest won two gold medals at renowned beer competitions. Harpoon Octoberfest brought home a Gold Medal from the European Beer Star competition in the Oktoberfest category, which is a style that originated in Germany. Held annually in Nuremburg, Germany, the European Beer Star Award is considered one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the industry. Harpoon Octoberfest also won a gold medal in the Oktoberfest category at the Great International Beer Competition in Providence, RI.

Harpoon Octoberfest Specifications:
Style: Marzen
OG: 14.5 P
Color: Garnet Red 45 EBC
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 30

About the Harpoon Brewery:
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beers lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in the state after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and UFO Hefeweizen beers, along with four special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 9th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced two lines of limited edition beers, the 100 Barrel Series and the Leviathan Series, as well as the all-natural Harpoon Cider made from freshly pressed, local apples. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit
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