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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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International Beer Day

Beer Bernard 1August 5 is International Beer Day!

International Beer Day, founded in 2007,  is a global celebration of the second most popular beverage in the world: beer! International Beer Day festivities take place in pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, breweries, backyards and anywhere else you can enjoy a cold one.

However, International Beer Day isn’t just about celebrating beer:

International Beer Day is our chance to let the breweries and bars of the world know how much we appreciate them, all while participating in one of the best activities ever – drinking beer! Perhaps even more than the beverage itself, International Beer Day is about celebrating the establishments who produce it, sell it and give folks a place to enjoy it.”

- Internationalbeerday.com

So celebrating International Beer Day involves more than just drinking beer. To make sure you successfully fulfill the holiday’s purpose, follow Internationalbeerday.com’s guidelines for celebrating the holiday.

Cheers!

Sources: internationalbeerday.com
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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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