Prost! For centuries, Oktoberfest has brought together youthful vigor with old-world tradition in a swirl of polka, clinking steins, and voices belting out songs from the hinterland. But do you know if the beer you're drinking and brats you're munching were made in an environmentally responsible way? Here are our recommendations for Oktoberfest fare that keep traditions up and emissions down.
Wunderbar Beers Marzen — brewed in March and fermented in the summer — is the bier of choice for Oktoberfest, and many micro-breweries across the nation are not only catching on with traditional Bavarian lager recipes, but are also implementing innovative and sustainable methods to brewing their beer. Micro- yet big-name brewers that use clean energy to make seasonal beer include New Belgium Brewing Co., Alaskan Ale, Fish Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Bell's Beer and Balast Point. For more of a demonstration on how earth-minded beer is made, check out the video below: