Last fall, Sierra Nevada’s owners, Ken Grossman and Brian Grossman, travelled to Upper Franconia, a Northern Bavarian region in Germany, to meet with the venerable brewers and found plenty of common ground with the Mahrs Bräu team. “We’re impressed by their commitment to quality, as well as their inventive spirit and eye toward creative and interesting beers,” said Brian Grossman.Like Sierra Nevada, Mahrs Bräu is a privately-held, family-owned brewery. Founded in 1670, Mahrs Bräu is now owned by the Michel family and run by Stephan Michel who represents the fourth generation of the family. Mahrs Bräu is highly regarded for their traditionally styled lagers, but also for their technical precision and willingness to experiment. In 2007, Mahrs Bräu was named the “Best Brewery in the World” by Men’s Journal magazine. In 2010, Mahrs was awarded the gold medal at the European Beer Star awards for their “Festtags Weisse” beer and in the same year, then owner Ingmar Michel was awarded the prestigious “Bayerischen Bierordens” medal for brewing excellence. Mahrs Bräu also has a commitment to environmental responsibility and participates in the strict Bavarian Environmental Pact.“We’re excited to be working together with Mahrs Bräu,” said Ken Grossman, “We have so much in common with them in the way we approach brewing, and the way we run our businesses. We’re both independent, family-owned breweries with a respect for tradition, yet we’re not handcuffed by it. We’re not afraid to innovate and to change things up. We both care deeply about the environment, and work to make our respective beers with a mindful eye on how that impacts the world around us.”
The Sierra Nevada and Mahrs Bräu collaboration Oktoberfest will hit retail shelves in August. The beer will be a traditional festival lager featuring the nearly forgotten “Record” hop varietal and lean heavily on the rich and layered malt complexity found in the best authentic festival beers.