Last month we welcomed Oktoberfest with a sampling of the West Coast’s best seasonal offerings. This month we’re toasting the end of the annual celebration with some selections from Freigeist, a pioneering German brewery whose stylistic remit ranges way beyond the typical feist fare to encompass a range of regional flavors and traditions. So get ready for full flavor Fahrvergnügen as you navigate the landscape of Deutschbier at your leisure. Altogether now: Fahr'n, Fahr'n, Fahr'n, auf der Autobahn!
Freigeist was originally conceived as the higher-capacity offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary and extremely tiny brewpub, Braustelle. Led by co-founder and historical beer fanatic Sebastian Sauer, the “Free Spirit” gypsy brewery challenges the stylistic conservatism that had prevailed in much of the country by reviving and updating unique, regional beer styles, many of which disappeared only a few decades ago. Because mainstream beer has always been of higher quality in Germany than in any other nation in the world, the “craft revolution” had until recently been ignored as unnecessary, but Freigeist has been a valuable torch-bearer for re-identifying the country’s more quirky, creative and, in particular, local brewing traditions. Its beers are at once challenging, in the modern craft beer style, and remarkably drinkable, per timeless German custom.
PlumpJack Team

Freigest Autobahn 

Origin: Germany 

As a base style with many different regional versions, this altbier is focused on the Düsseldorf-style. It’s quite roasty, very hop-driven and has a touch of smokiness to bring a great taste expression with high drinkability.

Beer Style: Altbier

Abv: 5.0%

Freigest Dortmunder 

Origin: Germany 

Maltier than Pils, hoppier than Helles, Exportbiers were the historical specialty of the industrial city of Dortmund. Freigeist's modern-day Dortmunder Export expands on this tradition with more complex malt variety and extra bitterness.

Beer Style: Dortmunder/Export Lager

Abv: 5.9%

Freigeist Geisterzug Gose 

Origin: Germany 

Based on a recipe dating back at least six hundred years, this is Freigeist’s quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig. “Geisterzug” (“Ghost Train”) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied, the perfect modern-day medieval German ale.

Beer Style: Gose

Abv: 5.2%

Freigeist Gute Nacht, Marie Imperial Stout Eisbach 

Origin: Germany 

Indulge in the rich embrace of darkness with Freigeist Gute Nacht, Marie: A tantalizing Imperial Stout Eisbock that bewitches the senses and awakens the nocturnal connoisseur within.

Beer Style: Stout-Eisbock Hybrid

Abv: 13% 

Freigeist Qimmersoriartorfissuaq (Qimmer) 

Origin: Germany 

Something very special, don't think about beer, just enjoy it, not suitable for quenching your thirst, delicious with sweets, e.g. milk chocolate.

Beer Style: Barleywine Ale 

Abv: 14% 

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