O’Zapft is! It’s tapped! This is how the Mayor of Munich kicks off Oktoberfest each year as he breaks and taps the first barrel of beer. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and it has been hosted in Munich, Germany since 1810. It’s so popular that many other cities across the world hold similar festivals, including Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh. Part of our ongoing Brewers Series, O’Zapft is is a collaboration with Wigle, Penn Brewery, and Pittsburgh artist Abbie Adams.
Made from distilled Penn Brewery Oktoberfest beer, a Munich-style lager with nutty, toasty, and caramel characteristics, it took about four hours with volunteers to pour all of the beer into the still. The result is a tasty whiskey reminiscent of Scotch whisky, with notes of cherry, vanilla, and oak. Aged in used cooperage for 20 months, it’s a fun way to participate in the festivities even from the comfort of your home. Enjoy neat or try one of the recipes below!
a classic whiskey and beer combination
Draft beer (Penn Brewery Oktoberfest!)
1 oz O’Zapft is
2 oz O’Zapft is
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz honey ginger syrup
Top with peaty Islay Scotch
To make honey ginger syrup: combine honey, ginger, and 1 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over high; boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes; chill overnight, then strain, discarding solids.
46% ALC/VOL (92 PROOF) | 375mL