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Sudwerk’s Fest Harvest embraces Oktoberfest tradition

For those in the know, Oktoberfest starts in September. And Sudwerk Brewing Co. is ready, with a fresh take on its Fest Harvest Lager.

Specializing in German-style lagers since 1989, Sudwerk’s mission now is to redefine the American lager. Its fall seasonal beer, the Fest Harvest Lager, is a maltier, more robust and flavorful version of its Märzen Amber Lager.

This year’s release uses copious malts for a higher, more festive alcohol content (7.5 percent ABV), and mild bitterness (25 IBU). But it’s the lagering process that makes the 2014 version special. In keeping with tradition, the Fest Harvest is fermented and cold-conditioned for eight weeks — twice as long as usual.

Sudwerk will celebrate the launch of the festival season on Friday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at its taproom, adjacent to the restaurant, at 2001 Second St. in Davis. Lederhosen and dirndls are encouraged.

Starting this week, six-packs of the Fest Harvest will be available at Whole Foods, Nugget Markets, Davis Food Co-op, Raley’s, Safeway and other select merchants around California. Fans also will find it on tap — in limited release — at select accounts throughout the state.

For details on these and other Sudwerk Brewing Co. events, visit https://www.facebook.com/sudwerkbrew.

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