Spring Time For Beer

1781_potapp_flexiblemetal_spring_bigI can’t believe we have made it so far into spring and I haven’t even touched on the seasonals. Even though spring tends to be a free for all in terms of seasonal releases there are two traditional spring beers worth looking for.

Bock

Bock is German for male goat. Sounds appetising huh? Bocks are traditionally malty wheat beers without much in the way of hop flavors. They originated in the area of Einbeck, Germany. Specifically the traditional spring seasonal of bocks is the maibock (pronounced my-bock). Maibocks are usually lager style beers, with a good body, and sweet malt flavors. The color tends to be on the lighter side for a bock. Although you will find bocks as seasonal beers in spring a good maibock is worth a try. Here in Salem The Ram is famous locally for their maibock. Other then that though I’ve been having a hard time locating some good ones that are out now to list for you. If you know of a good maibock on the shelves let me know in the comments.

Irish Stouts

Really stouts are more traditional as a fall or winter beer. But with St Patty’s falling in march there’s a brief space where they become a spring seasonal. In my International Spotlight Ireland post I mentioned that hops were late in making their way to the Emerald Isle. Because of this Irish Stouts tend to have a much roastier grain profile with the bitterness coming from the grain primarily instead of the hops. This style is also known as a dry stout. Although we’ve cleared the seasonal time for these beers there are still some out there. Since Guinness dominates the bottled stout market here in spring the only place you’ll really find American brewed Irish stouts is your local pubs. For Oregon I recommend McMennamins if they are still running theirs.

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