Review – Oktoberfest from Athletic Brewing

For a change if pace, let’s review an N/A Oktofest bier. From my go to, Athletic Brewing.

This has a pleasing beer being brewed, grist mill aroma. Doesn’t quite have the breadiness that I associate with the style though. A bit thin and watery. I get a hint of fest but it seems diluted to me. More tea like in flavor. It is a common non-alcoholic problem where everything seems too muted.


News dropped yesterday from The L.A. County Brewers Guild

Here are the details straight from the Guild…

“Members of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild came together for the first time in nearly two years for the 2021 Unity collaboration brew hosted by Common Space Brewery. Unity, the annual Guild brew originally created by LABG co-founders Eagle Rock Brewery, is traditionally brewed in the spring to commemorate our annual LA Beer Week. Due to the pandemic however, the last time Unity was brewed was back in May 2019. While hosting LA Beer Week this summer wasn’t in the cards, the Guild wanted to finally come together so that we could begin to rebuild the strong sense of community and camaraderie that make our L.A. beer scene so great.

Host brewery Common Space Brewery will be releasing 16-ounce four packs of Unity on Thursday, October 7 at their Hawthorne tasting room. This 6% abv Hoppy Pilsner marks the first lager iteration of Unity and will be available in cans and on draft at select retail locations. Check out the list below for LABG members and local craft beer retailers who will have Unity available.

But wait! There’s more! To celebrate the release of this brew, we will also be hosting the LABG Unity Oktoberfest at Common Space on Saturday, October 30, 2021. We’ve missed sharing beers with our community and while we still weren’t ready to go all out this summer with our usual events, we hope that you can join us for this intimate outdoor tasting event featuring 30 independent craft breweries, entertainment, and local food vendors.”

Bayern Okto

Pro sports teams nowadays have a seemingly endless supply of jerseys. Each year brings new designs. Most of which can be brutally ugly.

But Bayern Munich has a beer connected look…

“This year, the Wiesn in Munich can once again not take place. But FC Bayern still wants to celebrate with its fans and presents together with adidas a Wiesn special jersey, which was modeled after the Bavarian Trachten look. The classic dark green, together with the decorated logo and the Edelwei; in the neck symbolizes the Bavarian origin.”

Enegren Okto

One of the benefits of seasonal releases is that you have lead time and can do fun stuff like have a label design contest and you can also reference the year in both number and image. It also helps that Enegren Brewing does Germanic beers really well.

Prost Trainers

adidas Originals is toasting Oktoberfest with the adidas Munchen. It comes in Festbier colors, with Prost labeled on them and, most importantly, they are water resistant. No Kolsch will ruin your kicks.

They ain’t cheap though, so save your Euros.

October in August

photo from Sierra Nevada

For the last three years, King of the Collaboration, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has created an Oktoberfest with a German brewery, to give it that more authentic taste. For 2017, Brauhaus Miltenberger is adding the Teutonic touch.

Cornelius Faust, a fourth-generation brewmaster for Brauhaus Miltenberger and his crew visited the East Coast outpost of Sierra Nevada to create the brew. “We used traditional techniques to create layers of rich malt notes that remain light and crisp to the taste. That’s the secret of an authentic fest beer—complex malt flavor in a lager that remains easy to drink while you are celebrating the Oktoberfest season.”

This year the beer will be in both bottles and cans and I have already seen it in my Trader Joes, possibly trying to stay out front of the pumpkin beer deluge that will be hitting us soon.


Oktoberfest continues deep into October over at Brewyard Brewing tomorrow, the 15th where they will premiere their new Oktober Steinfest Beer. It is a Rye Ale’d Lager fest bier with “100% German Grain & Hops bill that has a deep and smooth malty flavor with subtle hints of caramel. A slight spiciness and a silky mouthfeel is present from the addition of German Rye Malt.”

And you can put that beer into your own stein or boot (if you have one somewhere) for a mere $7. Plus if your stein is super cool it might be a winner in their “Coolest Stein” competition. Check out their Facebook page for all the rules.

Fliphouse will be food truckin’ and live music will be playing and they will expand their space for a little outdoor seating as well.