Bottoms Up: Four Local German-Style Craft Beers
Celebrate Oktoberfest—and the local craft-beer scene—with these German-style suds.
The Beer: Fumata Nera
The Brewery: High & Mighty
Each fall, this Holyoke company crafts a smoky take on a Schwarzbier, or black lager. The signature flavor comes from smoked malt that’s sourced from Bamberg, Germany.
The Beer: Ever Weisse
The Brewery: Night Shift
This brand-new wheat beer for autumn is available only at the Everett brewery. Make the trek, though, and you’ll be rewarded with a fruity, sour, rose-colored, Berliner-style Weissbier that’s been aged with strawberries, kiwi, and hibiscus flowers.
The Beer: Rising Sun
The Brewery: Slumbrew
Made in Somerville, this beer is an excellent introduction to Dampfbier, an obscure brew with heaps of malt (a mix of barley, Pilsen, and caramel malts, to be exact), a red hue, and a warming, spiced finish.
The Beer: Polotmavy
The Brewery: Notch Brewing
While this amber lager is technically a Czech beer, it’s brewed in the Märzen (or Oktoberfest) style, with a drier, more-bitter character to please hop heads.