Fall Brew Preview

Fall is when breweries around the world present their autumn beers, pumpkin ales, and their best for Oktoberfest! Local beer expert Anthony Norkus of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a Lincolnwood, Ill.-based beer distributor, joins us Sunday to share his top picks among fall brews and tips to help you navigate the beer aisle and bar menu this season. He also talks about the importance of using the proper glassware to extract the best taste from different styles of beer, and recommended beer and food pairings. The beers mentioned are available wherever better beers are sold in the Chicagoland area. Prices listed are suggested retail.

Festbier from Weihenstephan, The World's Oldest Brewery in the Bavarian city of Freising. A full rich-bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth feel and lots of flavor. ABV 5.8 percent. $3.49/16.9 oz. bottle. $10.99/6 pack. Food Pairing: Chicken/Salmon.

Oktober Fest Marzen from Brauerei Aying, founded in Munich, Germany in 1878. Full-bodied, flavorful March (Marzen) beer brewed and lagered to celebrate Bavaria's famous Oktoberfest. Served at German beer festivals in September and October. Rich, golden color. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Medium to big body and alcohol. Soft dryness from long maturation. ABV 5.5 percent. $3.49/16.9 oz. bottle. Food Pairing: Roasted Chicken/Pork and Sauerkraut.

Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale from the Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge, Colorado. A fall seasonal that combines the malty goodness of a German Lager with the clean crispness of an American Ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, it's a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains. ABV 6.7 percent. $9.99/6 pack. Food Pairing: Burgers/Chicken/Spicy Foods.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale from the Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. A full-bodied Brown Ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. A big malty beer with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. ABV 7 percent. $9.99/4 pack. Food Pairing: Roasted Pork/Smoked Sausage.

New Holland Ichabod from the New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, Michigan. Brewed with real pumpkin, Ichabod's spices conjure up many autumnal smells and flavors. A well-balanced combination of malt, pumpkin and spice. ABV 4.8 percent. $9.99/6 pack. Food Pairing: Roasted Poultry/Sweet Desserts.

Arcadia Ales Jaw-Jacker Ale from the Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, Michigan. Jaw-Jacker balances the brewery's finest malted barley with a bit-o'-wheat, complemented with a citrus hop kick and just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for a nice marriage of pumpkin pie and beer. ABV: 6.0 percent. $10.99/6 pack. Food Pairing: Chocolate Cake.

For more information including where to purchase these or any of the 665 different beers in the Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. portfolio, please visit http://www.glunzbeers.com, which features a zip code search as well as details on upcoming special events and beer tasting classes.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.

Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States and the recipient of the 2007 "Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award" from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Brewers Association for promoting craft beer and making consumer choice a top priority. The 120-year-old company is family-owned and operated by president, Jack Glunz, the grandson of Louis Glunz I, with day-to-day operations led by five of his and his late wife Patricia's seven children as members of the fourth generation. The first member of the fifth generation has also joined the staff, with other members working during school breaks. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. features an extensive portfolio of 665 micro, specialty and import beers from 67 suppliers representing 152 breweries worldwide, and is the premier distributor to restaurants, bars, liquor and grocery stores in Chicagoland. The company is dedicated to quality service and to educating its customers and the public about beer tastes and trends.

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