Come join us for our next online tasting which will focus on Bock beers, a style traditionally associated with Spring. As legend has it, Germans do enjoy gathering in their beer gardens, so even though the weather could be chilly, serving the stronger beer would compensate for that. Makes sense to me, so let's bring it on! The origin of the style is a strong brown beer from Einbeck, Germany, originally brewed in the 1600s; and then emulated by the brewers of Munich. This was prior to the development of lager brewing, mind you. That particular refinement came later. For more on the history you can check out the Wikipedia entry for a quick hit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock And this Michael Jackson piece is more in depth: http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000034.html Naturally, through the years there have been many variations developed so we're not just talking about a strong brown lager any more. The Dopelbock is even stronger. The Maibock is pale and hoppier. The American version more resembles a beefy AAL. And there are even Weizenbocks of various strengths and shades. Interestingly, those Weizenbocks are probably closer to the original beer than the Munich lagers were. A quote from the MJ piece: The bottom line for our tasting will be: if it says Bock on the label in some form or another you're good to go. So gather whatever samples you can, and come join us! Hope to see you all then. Cheers!