The selection ususlaly begins in January but due to some renovations at the brewery we have moved the contest to fall for the 2016 season. At that time patrons can submit possible names for the Märzen-Oktoberfest beer which will be tapped on opening weekend during Oktoberfest. The top five names are selected by the brewery staff and then patrons are allowed to vote on the winner. The beer name with the most votes is the winner and the patron who submitted the name is crowned The Brew King or Queen for the season.
As part of the prize package the winner assist in brewing the beer and then will be present in October on opening day to help tap the cask of beer. No experience is required and the Brew King or Queen can participate as much or as little as they see fit. The brewing session is includes a classroom and tasting session along with a meal.
The beer brewed is a Märzen-Oktoberfest style. The style is characterized by a medium to full body, a malty flavour, and a clean dry finish. In spite of their name, Oktoberfest beers are not brewed in the fall. They are actually an outgrowth of the traditional, strong spring brews, called March beers or Märzen, that were put aside in ice-filled caves or cellars for summer consumption. The left-over Märzen was usually finished off... in Okotober, when the fresh beers made with the grain and hops from the new harvest season needed to be put into casks. Oktoberfestbiers, therefore, are always well-aged, sometimes for three to four months. They are usually deep amber in color and have an alcohol content of 5 to 6.2%. The particular beer brewed by Brigadoon Brewery is amber color.
If you have never seen the Texas Renaissance Festival tapping it is truely a grand event.
Video of the 2012 Tapping