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Cocktail recipes for National Bock Beer Day 2014

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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.

Bock Breezer

  • 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.

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