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Bock is back at August Schell Brewing.

Bock is back at August Schell Brewing

This winter season, in the predominently German community of New Ulm, MN, one of the few remaining family-owned breweries in the country turns its attention to an annual rite of winter: the brewing of the Bock.

Schell's Bock, a seasonal beer available only during the winter months, has a sweet, hoppy aroma, red copper color, and a medium body with just a hint of caramel to the palate, according to the brewer.

"We enjoy four seasons in Minnesota," said masterbrewer Ted Marti. "And when the thermometer drops below zero, we start the Bock."

Observers of this winter tradition gather annually at the August Schell Bock Fest, held on the German Fasching (Mardi Gras) the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, to dip hot iron pokers into their Bocks and sip the steaming head. Additionally, the festival-goers search the 20-acres of the brewery grounds for the seven Bock "medallions" of winter. If these "idols" can be captured, spring will "come sweet and early."

PHOTO : BOCK TO THE FUTURE--With the winter season now upon much of the country, the August Schell Brewing Co., of New Ulm, MN, has released its annual batch of Schell's Bock beer. According to Germany custom, Bock is best when "speared in a glass with a hot poker."
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Title Annotation:Schell's Bock, available only in winter
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Feb 11, 1991
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