In the Los Angeles area this winter, one new event is set to be more popular than any other: Bock Fest, launching on February 1st.
Celebrating the best that breweries in the LA area can offer, the Bock Fest Winter Beer Festival will be showcasing the varieties brought in from local micro-breweries right through to the big name production houses. Bock beer is a traditional European style of beer which originally comes from Germany. It is believed that in the beginning, it was created by the monks in Einbeck in the medieval era. When the beer’s popularity grew as it reached Munich and the attention of the city’s people, the name was changed to Einbock and later shortened again to just ‘bock’. Others claim that the name comes from the German for ‘billy goat,’ in honor of the hangovers which can follow a night out drinking the strong brews popular at that time, mocking the headaches which were akin to receiving a blow to the head by a goat’s kick. Either way, the name stuck firmly and today is used to describe beers which are malty and have a low bitterness from the hops. Numerous varieties are produced: Maibock, brewed for Spring to celebrate the arrival of May, Dopplebock, ‘double’ brewed to produce stronger alcohol content, Eisbock, using a production process involving freezing to concentrate the flavor, and Weizenbock, which is unusual in that it uses ale yeast to create its tone. After attending this event, you may want to stay at a hotel near Hollywood to sober up and relax.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and, due to the alcohol sales and atmosphere of drinking, Bock Fest is an event for those 21 and over. During the festival, judges will be tasting each offering and choosing their favorite to award the prize for best winter bock beer. General admission tickets will gain entry between 1pm and 4pm, while VIP tickets will also come with a commemorative pint mug and be allowed into the venue from 12 midday.
Photo courtesy of bockfest.net