Beer comes in all tastes and colors, providing a panoply of refreshing flavors to meet every drinker’s preferences. At the time of this blog post, over 7,000 varieties of German beer are available for purchase, with many of the breweries located near Munich, home to the world-famous Oktoberfest. If you’re on this blog because you love beer, then you’ve come to the right place!

The Herkimer is here to be your top-rated brew pub in Minneapolis, utilizing German purity laws (Reinheitsgebot) to brew amazingly unique flavors through our decoction mashing process. We love what we do, and want you to come back to our sports bar and grill once these restrictions lift to try all of our in-house beers.

Keep reading to find your preferred beer, then be sure to plan a visit to the Herkimer!

Lagers or Ales?

No matter your preferences, it’s important to note that all beers are either classified as a lager or an ale, based on the type of yeast used during the fermentation process. Yeast fermenting at the top of the brew creates ale, while bottom fermentation creates light lagers. Before you choose your favorite, keep in mind that each beer is further classified by its aroma, flavor, and color. Certain lagers may prove to be thick and bitter while some ales are dry and crisp, making it essential for you to try a range of beers to find your favorite.

Loving the Lagers

Brewed and stored at low temperatures, lagers rely on Saccharomyces pastorianus yeast to ferment at the bottom, creating the wide range of lagers we love today:

  • Pilsners — An extra-pale lager featuring a refreshing flavor based on Pilsner Malt, this beer is a favorite of many beer enthusiasts.
  • Helles — A pale, malty lager, this traditional German-style beer is light and bright for those who like less bitterness.
  • Oktoberfest — A full-bodied beer crafted to deliver a rich, toasted flavor, this beer is commonly commissioned to celebrate this world-famous celebration in Munich. The Herkimer Oktoberfest features sweet caramel flavors and pairs excellently with our food menu.
  • Bocks — A dark, malty, lightly hopped beer hailing from the 14th century, the bock is now fermented as an ale, often taking months to brew in order to achieve the right smoothness and flavor. Bock beer will tend to yield more robust, stronger flavors compared to most lagers.

Acquiring More Ales

Relying on top-fermenting yeast and bittering agents to further change the flavor, ales rely on a warm fermentation method to create a full-bodied taste:

  • IPAs — India pale ales are made around the world and are favored by many of today’s connoisseurs. This hoppy pale ale has a lighter profile than other ales and often features citrusy, floral characters.
  • English Ales — Often referred to as “real ale,” this style is commonly served at pubs across the U.K. 
  • Porters — Another English beer, porters rely on brown malts for a thicker profile and darker color. If you like dark beer, then a porter may be in your future!
  • Stouts — As the name implies, this dark beer is thick and robust. While historically, stout was the name reserved for the thickest and strongest beer, today’s brews are more balanced and feature more variety.

Tasting Your Way to Victory

During this pandemic, we have shut our doors, but we’re excited to get back to having fun with you as soon as we safely can. Check out our site to learn more, and feel free to donate to our employee relief fund to show your support during these unprecedented times. Have questions? Contact us online, and we’ll be happy to help!