Oktoberfest and The Best German Alkoholfrei Beers
Each year people from all over the world flock to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest, the wonderful 16-day festival beginning in September and drawing to a close in the first weekend of October. Since 1810 this festival has been a staple in German culture and the parades, dancing, singing, food and most importantly beer have become a worldwide celebration. There are similar festivals held in 17+ countries, the largest celebration outside of Germany takes place in Kitchener-Waterloo, not far from our Premium Near Beer headquarters.
In 1810 the first festival was held to celebrate a royal wedding with the event including horse racing. A decision to repeat the horse races on the same site in 1811 created the annual event. Over the years the festival grew and in 1896 beer stands were replaced by beer tents and halls. Beer and traditional Bavarian food have been the staple ever since. In 2013 7.7 million litres of beer were consumed. The festival kicks of with “the beer barrel tapping” in which the Lord Mayor of Munich taps the first barrel of the celebration at exactly noon in the Schottenhammel tent.
Since 1950 the costume and riflemen parade has been a highlight of the festival. This parade honors the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess. In 1835 Bavarian novelist Maximillian Schmidt organized another parade, this time with 1400 participants. This annual parade is held on the first Sunday of the celebration and is 7 KM in length, finishing up at the fair grounds.
This year the festival in Munich will take place from September 16 to October 3rd and you're sure to find alkoholfrei versions of most of the beers being poured. The Canadian replica in Kitchener-Waterloo will be held from October 7-15.
During this time we are highlighting some of the best German non-alcoholic beers.
Clausthaler Premium Non-Alcoholic Lager
A well-balanced nonalcoholic lager. Fresh and easy to drink. Brewed with the finest barley malt and choicest hops using a unique, patented brewing method – which does not involve extracting the alcohol at the end of brewing. Freshness and a pleasingly intense hoppy note. Creamy on the palate with the sweetness balanced by a moderate bitterness. Brewed strictly in accordance with the German Beer Purity Law.
Awards - World's Best Alcohol Free Lager 2014
Clausthaler Non-Alcoholic Golden Amber Ale
A Non-Alcoholic beverage made the way beers have been made in Germany for centuries. Genuine, pure and natural. Claushaler is brewed according to the law that’s as unique as the beverage. The reinheitsgebot, which says that only the purest ingredients must be used - water, yeast, malt and hops - nothing else. Clausthaler, pure and clean with German taste.
Erdinger Non-Alcoholic Wheat
Erdinger Alkoholfrei is brewed with the customary care and experience gained from over 125 years of brewing tradition and in accordance with the highest quality standards.
Erdinger's master brewers have succeeded in retaining the aromatic, full-bodied Erdinger character. It is this unique flavour, which has spread the fame of Erdinger Weissbräu far beyond the borders of Germany.
Erdinger Alkoholfrei thus represents a further top product in the Erdinger range and a genuine alternative to its other specialty wheat beers.
Gerstel Non-Alcoholic Lager
Gerstel non-alcoholic - classically mild – which is rich in tradition is the first non-alcoholic brand in Germany with a full taste of beer. It is brewed according to a special technique using selected malts and hops and in compliance with the German Purity Law to guarantee the properties of a full-bodied beer. The combination of finest ingredients and a brewing experience of 325 years of the Eichbaum-Brauerei guarantee a non-alcoholic premium beer whose quality and taste are unique world-wide. Order the isotonic thirst quencher and source of fitness Gerstel non-alcoholic and experience its unique taste.
Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Pils
The non-alcoholic beer that persuades beer connoisseurs through it’s extremely true beer taste. Krombacher non-alcoholic is a pilsener beer brewed with natural spring water in a special process developed by our skill full Brew Masters.
Krombacher's exclusive brewing process as well as the cold, gentle fermentation storage, makes this non-alcoholic beer taste so convincingly good. Krombacher non-alcoholic is the ideal thirst quencher with a full taste and reduced calories.
Krombacher Non-Alcoholic Wheat
Krombacher Wheat non-alcoholic offers an outstanding spectrum of adventures in taste for any beer connoisseur; above all else, it simply cannot be beaten as an isotonic alternative to sweet soft drinks.
In the development and production of our non-alcoholic Wheat Beer, we were able to resort to two rich treasure troves that make our beer special. One being the gentle de-alcoholisation that we already successfully use for our non-alcoholic Pils, the other being the separate brewing plant, designed and built specifically to brew our Wheat Beer products.
Krombacher Wheat Beer non-alcoholic is brewed according to the same, strict criteria as the Krombacher Wheat Beer, which contains alcohol. The full-bodied, fruity wheat flavour as well as the nutritional values make for an ideal alternative for sports and athletes that want an alcohol-free Wheat Beer with genuine wheat flavour that is naturally low in sodium, calorie-reduced and isotonic.
Weihenstephaner Non-Alcoholic Lager
Gently bitter, deliciously mild manufactured using a special process to preserve the natural flavour. Our Original Alkoholfrei (Original Non-Alcoholic) is low in calories and easy on the digestion. Its isotonic properties make it the ideal refreshment after exercise.
Weihenstephaner Non-Alcoholic Wheat
Taste doesn't need alcohol. Thanks to the gentle process for removing alcohol, which we developed in the brewery in collaboration with the TU Munich-Weihenstephan, our non-alcoholic yeast wheat beer offers you everything you expect from a premium beer. And you don't have to be worried about driving.