If you're going to be someone enjoying Oktoberfest festivities out and about, or even at home, here are 10 of the most popular drinks during Oktoberfest! You're probably wondering, "Are here other drinks than beer at Oktoberfest"? The answer is YES!
1. Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
Bärenjäger is a honey-flavored liqueur produced in Germany. It is a blend of neutral grain spirit and real honey, flavored with a proprietary blend of spices and other natural ingredients. This is a beautiful addition to make any easy cocktail.
2. Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
Rumple Minze is a German-style liqueur brand, best known for peppermint schnapps. It is 100 proof, and has the unmistakable taste of crisp peppermint that is simultaneously silky and smooth.
Weissbier is a German "white beer" that uses 50% wheat to barley malt to make a light colored top fermenting beer. The aroma and flavor of a weissbier comes largely from the yeast and is decidedly fruity (banana) and phenolic (clove). The intensity of these wildly differing flavor qualities varies depending on the brewer, but the two are most commonly balanced.
4. Spezi/ Mezzo Mix
Spezi is a German soft drink and is a mixture of orange soda and cola! It is a huge favorite and typically sold at Oktoberfest for those looking to enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage. It has been around since the 1970's!
A Radler is another huge favorite in Germany! But it definitely has alcohol content in it. It started out as Lager, or another type of lighter beer mixed with 1 part lemonade or lemon-lime soda. As time went on, brewers started experimenting with other sodas, fruit teas, and juices.
An Apfelschorle is a fancy German name for an apple spritzer! It is another non-alcoholic option where sparkling water is mixed with apple juice. Its a super refreshing summer drink!
Jäger was actually created as whats called a "digestif". A digestif is a drink traditionally taken at the end of a meal to stimulate your digestion. They are a balm for an aching stomach, a pair of stretchy pants in liquid form. It is a rich liquor that tastes strongly of black licorice.
Most of us know what Riesling is, but not everyone knows where it comes from. It is a white grape variety that has a flowery, almost perfumed, aroma and is very acidic. It is used to make dry, sweet, and semi-sweet wines; most notably from Germany and New Zealand.
9. Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen
Typically this Lager is brewed in March to be ready for September and October beer festivities. It is a full rich Lager that is lightly sweet with a malty balance.
10. Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA
Hopzeit Autumn IPA is an American style beer brewed by Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR actually. Inspired by a traditional Marzenbier, German hops add herbal, fruit and spice notes to balance the smooth and elegant malt character.
History of Oktoberfest
The history of Oktoberfest is really quite interesting! The festival originated in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese Von Sachsen-Hilderburghausen. The festival lasted 5 days and was a huge celebration that included horse racing, an agricultural fair, booths serving food and drinks! By the 20th century the booths had developed into huge beer halls and they were serving upwards of about 2 million gallons of beer during the festival. Each brewery is now represented in parades that feature beer wagons, floats, and people dressed in festive costumes. There are often amusement rides, festive music, and dancing!
Tips for Non-Beer Drinkers
If you're planning on having an Oktoberfest (beer-soaked) themed party, you should really add some Brew Glitter to your drinks! Your guests will be in awe of the swirling glittery goodness their bottles and cups showoff! Glitter Beer will keep people talking and the color combinations are virtually endless with all of the options we have. From iridescent, to color changing, and colored shimmery glitter. Whether you're drinking an alcoholic drink or something refreshing and non-alcoholic like an Apfelschorle, adding glitter to your drinks is always a fun thing to do!