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Harpoon Octoberfest

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As summer comes to its end, beer lover’s thoughts turn to Octoberfest.  It’s a time for sharing good food and drink with friends old and new.  It is also a good time to enjoy a seasonal style of beer known as Marzen.  Harpoon Octoberfest is a fine example of the Marzen style.

The Harpoon Brewery was founded in Boston in 1986 by two old friends, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary.  Four years later, they held their first Octoberfest as a means of selling more beer, generating cash flow and gaining additional notoriety for the brewery.   It is commonly acknowledged that this festival and others provided additional profits necessary to keep the fledging company alive.  Since then, both Harpoon and its Octoberfest celebration have grown and prospered.  Last year eighteen thousand people enjoyed the festival in Boston, while another seven thousand had a great time at the company’s other location in Windsor, Vermont.

Harpoon Octoberfest is a garnet colored liquid with a firm head of creamy foam that tends to linger on the top of the beer.  As the head recedes it leaves an ample coating of beer lace on the inside of the glass. A pleasant aroma and taste redolent of malt sweetness is immediately noticeable - the result of a combination of Munich, Chocolate and Pale Malt.  These flavorful malts are balanced nicely by a mix of bittering hops (Williamette) and aroma hops (Tettnang).  There is an overall sensation of a silky smooth malt blend with just enough hop bitterness to keep the beer from being out of balance.  The result is a beer that is fun to drink from the start through to a nice dry finish. Harpoon Octoberfest is refreshingly good, and is sure to please a discriminating beer drinker.  At 5.4% abv, Harpoon Octoberfest is the perfect accompaniment to enjoy with your favorite fest foods: wurst, kraut or pickled savories.  Grab a six-pack and enjoy the experience!

Addendum: As of August 1, 2014, the Harpoon Brewery became an employee owned company as the result of an extraordinarily generous move by the owners of the company who turned over 48% of the stock to an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) at no cost to the employees. With 187 motivated full time employees, we can expect the Harpoon Brewery to grow from its current number 12 sales ranking amongst craft brewers. The owners/managers have given us another great reason to buy and enjoy the Harpoon family of fine beers.