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Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake is a Frosty, Frothy Abomination

Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake from Red Robin

Must we fast-food-ize everything that is good and pure, America?

If the new Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake from burger-chain Red Robin is any indication, the answer is, yes, absolutely.

Starting today and lasting through November 11, Red Robin customers will be able to purchase a Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshare, which is made with soft serve ice cream, Samuel Adams Octoberfest draft beer, vanilla and caramel.

From a Red Robin press release:

“A sip of this one-of-a-kind shake will rouse a round of toasts and solve one epic food dilemma, right up there with coffee or tea, onion rings or French fries, and soup or salad. The Octoberfest Milkshake offers a sweet solution – a milkshake and beer – in, one satisfying drink.”

Seriously? Has anyone ever truly craved both a craft beer and fucking milkshake? I’ve heard of Guinness floats, and though I haven’t actually had one, I could see how they might be tasty, or at least interesting. I honestly don’t have any inclination at all to try an Octoberfest Milkshake, and because there isn’t a Red Robin within 20 miles of the city of Boston, I don’t think I’ll get the chance to in the next month anyway.

What a terrible way to treat a fine craft beer. I can’t imagine that Jim Koch is very pleased with the idea.

Visit Red Robin’s website for more information.


(Image credit: Reuters)

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Gene Simmons to Host LA Oktoberfest, Further Besmirch KISS Name

Gene Simmons with KISS Destroyer lager beer

Former KISS rocker and current entreprewhore—seriously, this dude will put the KISS logo on anything and try to sell it to you, even a $3300 coffin—is reportedly planning an Ocktoberfest celebration for downtown LA next month.

Simmons, along with celebrichef Wolfgang Puck and restaurant honcho Michael Zislis, plans to start the week-long festivities on October 15, according to LATimes.com, so they will not coincide with the “real” Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany, which starts on September 22 and runs for two weeks. LA’s Oktobefest will be held at the L.A. Live entertainment complex, which is right next to the Staples Center.

Simmons didn’t specify what kinds of beer will be available at the event, but he has stated in the past that he personally prefers variety to just a few specific beers when he drinks. So it stands to reason that the LA Octoberfest will offer a decent beer selection—there’s definitely no shortage of quality craft beer in southern Californica. Simmons is also a partner in a brew-house-style restaurant called Rock & Brews in El Segundo, Calif., so he’s no stranger to craft brew.

Ironically, the KISS-branded Destroyer lager reportedly won’t be available at the LA Oktoberfest, but that’s probably a good thing because it’s a terrible beer.

The LA celebration will be much smaller than Munich’s Oktoberfest, but the beer supply definitely won’t run out in LA. Unfortunately, Munich can’t say the same thing, thanks to a container shortage.


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Container Shortage Could Ruin Munich’s 2012 Oktoberfest

A German beer boot

At Oktoberfest, an empty Bierstiefeln is a sad Bierstiefeln

This year’s annual Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany could be a lot less fun than the Oktoberfests of yore. That’s because Munich brewers say they’re running low on bottles and kegs to contain and serve all the beer fest goers will demand, which could result in a beer shortage at one of the world’s drunkenest annual parties—and a lot of sober drinkers.

Munich’s 2012 Oktoberfest is set to begin on September 22, and it will last for two weeks. But the city’s brewers are scrambling to find additional bottles and kegs, according to a report on NPR.org.

The problem isn’t a German beer shortage; there’s plenty of that to go around. It’s the supply of bottles and kegs that’s waning.  Because there’s a very limited supply of containers, brewers are starting to bottle only their most popular styles of beer, which could mean few or no dark beers will be available—lighter beers are apparently more popular there. Munich can’t just ship in more beer from neighboring counties—or from, gasp, the United States—because Oktoberfest is all about German beer. (Last year, almost 2 million gallons of beer were consumed during Oktoberfest, NPR says. That’s a lot of hangovers.)

Heiner Mueller, from Paulaner and the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, spoke to a German news site about the issue in an effort to get German drinkers to return whatever beer bottles they may have lying around. These Munich brewers apparently rinse and reuse bottles up to 50 times after customers return them. That seems rather strange to me, but what do I know, I’m just a lowly urban beer nerd.

I’ve never been to an Oktoberfest celebration in Germany. And I’m not really sure I want to attend one anytime soon. They kind of seem like big, German frat parties, and that’s just not my scene. At frat parties, the fun quickly comes to an end and everyone leaves when the beer runs out. The situation at Munich’s 2012 Oktoberfest might not be much different if the brewers don’t find a whole bunch of bottles in the coming two weeks.


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