I have to admit that Germany was not on my culture and travel radar until this week. Well, Germany showed up. After a lovely breakfast with the folks from ProWein, I decided that I’m definitely going to Duesseldorf, for their wine conference. The very next day, I was invited on a press trip to Bockfest in Cincinnati, the oldest and largest German-style bock celebration in the US. Bock beer is a dark beer brewed during autumn and drank in the spring.It looks like a real hoot! Cincy was built on beer ( thanks to German immigrants) and now the craft beer scene is booming.
I can’t wait to get down and dirty with Bock beer and get in some German history. The three day fest is in it’s 25th year.It kicks off with a goat led parade from the oldest saloon in Cincinnati. The parade ends with the blessing of a ceremonial keg to start the end festivities. Bockfest celebrates the magick of Bock beer, Cincy’s beer heritage, and the coming of spring. Each year the attends grow and the fest gets bigger.
What I love even more about Bock is the the goat element. You may notice that on many of the Bock beer labels, there happens to be a goat. It’s not 100% clear where the name of the beer comes from. Some believe the name Bock came from the shortening of Einbeck thus “beck” to “bock.” In German, Bock means “billy goat”. 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, hence the goat being associated with Bock beer.
My Bockfest adventures will be in a few weeks. If you want to find out more about Bockfest, get the 411 on their site. Pröst!