History, Tradition and Beer: The Four Peaks Brewery Oktoberfest

Author: Patrick

Posted on: October 5, 2017
Last updated on: April 22nd, 2019 at 4:05 pm


In the rafters of the 100-year-old creamery that still houses the original Four Peaks Brewery, above the steel tanks in which new beers are constantly bubbling, hang flags. More than a dozen of them are up there in total, from countries (and certain sports teams) across the globe. And the prime position, just to the right of the American flag? That’s where you’ll find the array of blue and white parallelograms representing the German state of Bavaria.

The placement of the Bavarian flag, so close to the Stars & Stripes, isn’t an accident. The Bavarians are one of the world’s great brewing cultures; it was in their region that lagers—the cold-fermented family of beers to which most of the most popular beers in the world belong—was perfected. Today, almost every lager style brewed across the globe has Bavarian roots. Their flag is so close to ours because they’ve had an enormous impact on the beers we make.

This cultural connection is a big part of why Four Peaks Brewery became the title sponsor of the annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park five years ago. Not only does the event raise funds for a program that sends high school seniors on 10-week international summer trips to all of Tempe’s sister cities, but it also honors and introduces people to the specific sister city of Regensburg, Germany, located in Bavaria. From oompah music and lederhosen to actual visiting German ambassadors, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest is one of the best introductions to Deutschland you’ll get without airfare.

But the way we see it, beer can also be an ambassador to a foreign land. What better way to introduce somebody to a country than by sharing with them the beers enjoyed and developed by its people? The ingredients and techniques favored by German brewers have all been influenced by economic forces, social tastes, governmental decrees, and even weather patterns unique to their region. Each sip of a true-to-style German beer is like a journey through the country’s rich history. We strive to make our German-style beers like Oktoberfest and Sunbru as authentic as possible, so that no matter if you’re sipping them at this year’s Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake or on your own couch, you feel the connection to the region and people represented by that blue and white flag.

Four Peaks Brewery flags

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