Today – March 20 is National Bock Beer Day.
The story of Bock beer is a bit of a mystery, but there are a couple of popular stories regarding the origins of the beginnings of this robust malt beer.
In the days of medieval Germany, monasteries would brew a strong beer for nourishment during their Lenten fasts. Others believe it is more of a pagan or old world influence that the beer was only to be brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat. That may give an indication as-to-why an image of a goat is associated with Bock beers.
Bock beer is a bottom fermenting lager that generally calls for extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth out the strong brew.
For a different spin on your Bock beer experience, try one of these recipes to expand your Bock beer familiarity.
- 2 oz Vodka
- 12 oz Bock Beer
- 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
- 1 pinch Celery salt
Add cold vodka to frosted glass, add Tabasco and celery salt, top with Bock Beer
Jamaican Bock Beer
- 8 parts Bock beer
- 3 parts Dry Vermouth
- 3 parts Sweet Vermouth
- 3 parts dry Gin
- 3 parts Whisky
- 1 drop Red Vodka
- 1 drop Blue Curacao
Combine all ingredients into a tall glass or mug, with the beer being the last ingredient added.