This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's Dark-tober Fest Lager.
As you can see from the picture above, this year Saranac put a dark spin on the traditional Octoberfest lager and introduced a dark version of the Octoberfest. The beer is part of this year's 12 Beers A Falling mix pack which also includes the new Autumn Pils, and old standards Black Forest (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-night-suds-saranac-black-forest.html), traditional Octoberfest (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-night-suds-saranac-octoberfest.html), Pumpkin Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pumpkin-ale.html) and recently introduced Legacy IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunday-night-suds-saranac-legacy-ipa.html).
The Dark-tober Fest lager is richer than the usual Octoberfest and the malts make this a thicker, slightly more bitter lager. But this beer is hardly a one note brew as the malt are complex and provide a variety of potential pairings. This beer would go well with char-grilled chicken and other smoky meat dishes. I could also having this beer with rich savory dairy dishes such as cheese topped onion soup.
Saranac Dark-tober fest Lager is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this beer, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/134535.
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