The label from Sweetwater's 'Danktoberfest' Beer, going on sale this week. (Atlanta Business Chronicle/Sweetwater)
ATLANTA -- The cooler autumn air is back in Atlanta, which means Oktoberfest and a new SweetWater Brewing Co. fall beer can't be too far behind.
SweetWater will offer in October "Danktoberfest," a high gravity Oktoberfest-style lager. The Atlanta brewer promises the "full-bodied lager delivers a malty taste and bready aroma, packed with zesty hops and huge amounts of heat."
Danktoberfest is brewed with German malts and hops to include: Pilsner, Munich, Cara Munich, Aromatic, Dark Munich malts; and German Perle and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. It is 8.5 percent alcohol by volume.
Danktoberfest will come in 22-ounce bottles and will appear on store shelves in select locations starting the first week of October.
"We are excited to be able to break through our 'ale wall' and get our hands dirty with some serious lagering," said SweetWater Head Brewer Nick Nock, in a statement. "Carrying on the Oktoberfest tradition, we used fine German malts and hops, while adding in our own dankness to give it a classic SweetWater spin."
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)