Dark Bock

A beer style from the Middle Ages

"The best potion known to anyone is called Ainpöckisch beer". This word is attributed to Martin Luther. In 1525, the town of Wittenberg gave him 1525 for his wedding with Katharina von Bora. Einbeck strong beer as a gift.

The brewing industry changed with the urbanization of the Middle Ages. It was no longer exclusively a matter of the households, commercial brewing of beer came more and more. Initially, this was mainly in regions where it was not possible to cultivate could be cultivated. In Europe, these were the British Isles, for example, northern France, Flanders and large parts of northern Germany.

Einbeck was granted town charter in 1279 and became a regional center for hop beer. hop beer. By the middle of the fourteenth century at the latest, Einbeck beer was exported. Einbeck beer was exported. With the entry of the city into the Hanseatic League, 1368, production and trade of Einbeck beer increased sharply. It became a fashionable drink of the late Middle Ages.

Numerous burgher families, in the 14th century there are said to have been 700, received brewing rights without any quantity restrictions. Production was decentralized decentralized; sales and marketing were organized by the city council. Before quality control was already in place at the time, which is probably the reason the good reputation of Ainpöckische. The Ainpöckische was exported to Antwerp, Riga, Stockholm, Reval and Munich, among other places. and Munich.

In 1612, Maximilian brought the Einbeck brewmaster Elias Pichler to the Hofbräuhaus. He was to brew Ainpöckisches for the people of Munich - from which the which the Bavarian dialect soon turned into "A Bock". Until today the catchy style name for certain strong beers has survived.Dark Bocks of today are reminiscent of their ancestors. In the past, beers were generally much darker, even those in the lower weight categories.

To Germany, where dark bucks can be found in large numbers, they were almost in large numbers, they were almost extinct in the Alpine republic. Reason enough for Hannes Leitner, the Freistadt brewmaster, to produce a "Black Bock" for the first time in 2014. to produce a "Black Bock" for the first time. The black beast immediately won a European Beer Star in gold.

German-Style Dark Bock is among among the first categories at the European Beer Star. It is dominated by German breweries. If one looks away from 2017. Back then a Brazilian beer, Baden Baden Bock, won ahead of a Spanish beer Spanish, 1906 Black Coupage, and a Dutch one, the Hertog Jan Bock beer.

From 2004 to 2018, 20 Beer Stars have gone to Germany, 4 to the Netherlands, 3 to Brazil, 2 each to Namibia and Austria, and one each to Italy and Spain. 2019 1906 Black Coupage from Hijos de Rivera wins the European Beer Star in gold. Silver goes to Lindeboom Herfstbock from Holland.

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