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Bock Beer Day

shiner bockMarch 20 is Bock Beer Day! A bock is a type of strong lager that originated in Germany. There now are many different types of bocks of different strengths in existence including maibocks or heller bocks, doppelbocks, and eisbocks.

Though we couldn’t find out why Bock Beer Day is celebrated on this day, we did find out that bock beers were first brewed by Germans in the town of Einbeck in the 14th century. Upon its first brews, bocks were dark, malty, and lightly hopped. It wasn’t until the 17th century when brewers in Munich adopted this style and changed the bock to be brewed in a lager style. There are a few varying stories as to why the name “bock” was adopted for the beer. Some say because the people of Munich had heavy Bavarian accents, they pronounced the town Einbeck like “ein Bock,” which literally translates to “a billy goat.” Soon it was shortened to just “bock.” As a visual pun, most bock manufacturers put pictures of goats on the labels. Others say that the beer was only brewed during the sign of the Capricorn goat and thus goats were always associated with the beer. The beer became a symbol of the end of winter and the beginning of better times. Doppelbocks were first created to sustain German monks during Lent’s 46 days of fasting, and it soon became known as “liquid bread.” The hearty beer had enough carbohydrates and calories to keep the monks alive, and drunk!

beer calendarBock beers have become popular around the world. Bock beers are stronger than other modern-day lagers, and are known for their dark amber brown hue. Bocks are bottom fermenting lagers, and their strong brew is usually smoothed out by being lagered (kept in cold storage) for a few extra months. They are usually lightly hopped so as not to mask the malty flavor. Several different subcategories of bocks also exist today. The first of these are known as maibocks or heller bocks and are paler and more hopped than normal bocks. Doppelbocks, like those similar to what monks used to drink, are stronger and maltier. The last kind is known as an eisbock, and it is made by partially freezing the beer and then removing the frozen water, making the beer stronger.

Wherever you are in the world, you can celebrate today by tossing back a cold bock beer! Click here to find all the different variations of bocks found in the world.

Sources: Wikipedia, Beer Advocate, Bayou City Sipping

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Drink Wine Day

winelovers calendarFebruary 18 is Drink Wine Day! Whether you’re a fan of red, white, or sparkling wines, today is the day to pop the cork and enjoy.

Made from fermented grapes and other fruits, wine is an alcoholic beverage that has been made and consumed for thousands of years. The earliest appearance of wine was in about 6000 B.C. Legends and stories abound with ancient humans becoming intoxicated off of fermented grapes, so it wasn’t long before people began to toy with the fermentation process, eventually creating wine. The first wine was created in the Eurasian state of Georgia, and soon spread to the Balkans and Ancient Greece and Rome. It wasn’t long before the rest of Europe began to catch up, and wine was eventually brought to the New World. Grapes grown for wine now cover about 20 million acres across the world. The top two wine producers in the world are typically Italy and France.

vineyards calendarThe health benefits of wine have been promoted for years. When consumed in moderation, some experts have said that red wine can improve heart health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, and inhibit the development of certain cancers. It can also boost immunity and increase bone density. Too much alcohol consumption is dangerous for your health, but a glass of wine now and then never hurt anyone!

You can celebrate today any way you like just as long as you’ve got a glass of wine in your hand. We suggest going to a local wine bar for a tasting or sampling of several different wines. If you’ve got a lot of free time today, you could even travel to a nearby winery and become educated on how wine is made from start to finish. Another excellent way to celebrate is to stop at a grocery or liquor store, pick up a few bottles, and host your very own wine tasting party at home!

Happy Drink Wine Day!

Sources: World’s Special Days, Examiner.com, Punchbowl

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National Beer Can Appreciation Day

January 24 is National Beer Can Appreciation Day!

Ecofriend.com

National Beer Can Appreciation Day celebrates the first day beer was ever sold in cans in 1935. On that day, The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company canned and sold Krueger’s Finest Beer to the masses. Ever since then, we’ve been able to enjoy ice cold brews in portable and convenient cans.

Celebrate National Beer Can Appreciation Day by having a toast with your buds, making a recipe that involves beer cans as one of its ingredients, or recycling your beer cans in creative ways. Enjoy! 

Sources: Examiner, Greenmon.com

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Repeal Day

Rose wine What is Repeal Day?

Remember that whole Prohibition thing back in the 1920s, early 30s? You know, when alcohol was prohibited in America under the 18th Amendment? If not, you can read all about it here before sighing in relief that December 5 marks the anniversary of the day that prohibition was officially repealed in 1933 under the 21st Amendment.

How do people celebrate Repeal Day?

According to Jeffrey Morenthaler, a bar manager in Oregon who created repealday.org in his effort to spread the word about Repeal Day and its importance, Americans don’t celebrate Repeal Day enough:

Repeal Day is not celebrated [...] in this country, yet it is the only day which truly has any connection with alcohol. December 5th is the anniversary of the day the United States repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and gave us the constitutional right to consume alcohol.

- Jeffrey Morgenthaler

In other words, that’s something to celebrate! Share a glass of wine with your loved one, meet your friends for a round at the local bar or throw a bar tending party and create new drinks.

Remember: Repeal Day commemorates our right (if 21 or older) to purchase, consume and enjoy alcohol responsibly. Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

Cheers!

Sources: repealday.org, history.com
Photo Source: Samantha from Scotland UK (Rose wine) via Wikimedia Commons
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