• Discoveries at the Jungle Oktoberfest Edition: Meica Jarred Sausages and Ritter Chocolate Bars

    Oktoberfest has a rich history dating back to 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. They invited all of the citizens of Munich to attend the celebration, which was held in the fields in front of the city gate. From that year on it became an annual celebration, which then evolved into the Oktoberfest that we know today.

    Now, Oktoberfest is celebrated around the world. Coincidentally, Cincinnati actually hosts the second largest Oktoberfest second only to Munich itself!

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  • Discoveries at the Jungle: Oktoberfest Edition!

    Welcome to Discoveries at the Jungle, where each month we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting, flavorful and sometimes bizarre international items Jungle Jim’s has to offer. This month, we’re featuring items from Germany in celebration of Oktoberfest! Some past focuses this year have been coffee, tea, snacks, pasta, candy, cookies, condiments, and more! If you missed those posts, make sure you go back and give them a read.

    Oktoberfest has a rich history dating back to 1810,

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  • Beer Department: Get to a know a style: Oktoberfest/Marzen

    ​This time of year, everyone seems to be churning out an Oktoberfest beer, often referred to interchangeably as Marzen. The history and evolution of this style of beer is rather winding and confusing, so what follows is the best effort to summarize its origins as concisely as possible.

    The first Oktoberfest Festival was held on the wiesn, or fairground, of Munich in 1810. At that time, the best historical data suggests that the festival beer of choice would’ve been Dunkel,

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