In 1810 the prince and future king of Bavaria got married. All of Munich was invited to celebrate. Horse races were organized and it was such a good time they decided to do it every year. Pretty understanding wife to go to the horse races on her anniversary huh?

Eventually the beer stands became beer tents. And everybody was like “Horse races? What horse races I spent two weeks in a beer tent man.” So now they don’t have races anymore but the party lasts for 16 days.  Below we’ve listed some good Oktoberfest beers for you to try this season. Prost!

Spaten Oktoberfestbier  – 5.9% ABV German – Spaten, making beer since 1397 is based in Munich.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen – 5.8% ABV German – A complicated history but Hacker-Pschorr has been brewing good German beer in Munich, home of Oktoberfest, since 1417.

Paulaner Octoberfest Wiesen – 6.0% ABV German – Good luck finding it. It was only released for the 200th anniversary. Comes in a liter can and a stein to pour it in.

Hofbraus Oktoberfest– 6.3% ABV German – A Munich brewery owned by the Bavarian state government. They have eleven locations in the United States.

Weihenstephan Fest Bier – 5.8% ABV German – World’s oldest continually running brewery. Starting in 1040.

Sam Adams Octoberfest – 5.3% ABV USA – Best selling American Oktoberfest beers.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest Beer – 5.5% ABV USA – One of the top reviewed American Oktoberfest beers.

Ayinger Octoberfest  Marzen – 5.8% ABV German – An award winning German beer. Made not far from Munich.

Great Lakes Brewing Company – 6.5% ABV USA – Pretty  strong for an Oktoberfest beer.  There are a lot of people of German descent in Ohio, the state Great Lakes Brewery is located in. They did this beer right.