Those that know me personally know that my favorite season far and beyond is Fall. Second is Winter (which everyone calls me crazy for) followed by Summer then Spring.
I hate spring.
Everything looks disgusting, everything is muddy (which makes walking the dog hell), and cars are constantly spraying road water up in the air forcing you to use gallon after gallon of windshield washer fluid.
But this year is different!
While I’m lamenting the inevitable switch-over, I’m actually excited for once. Believe it or not, I’m pretty sick of Winter. Not because it’s cold, not because of the snow, but because I’m just plain tired of drinking stout after porter after barleywine after winter warmer.
I’m good and ready for some crisp, clean, refreshing lagers to lift my spirits during this awful transition period. My fridge is unusually bare, and unfortunately what’s in it is stouts, but I’m really looking forward to my next beer run to pick up some bocks: traditional, maibock/hellesbock, and doppelbock all sound great to me right now, and I’ve decided to formulate a list of the top 5 bocks that are currently making my mouth water.
*Listed by in order of my highest to lowest graded:
At this point one might be questioning the inclusion of 50% Wisconsin brews to only 25% German bocks in my list. If this would annoy one to the point of vocalizing their discomfort, it would fall on deaf ears. Need I remind them Wisconsin has a rich German immigration heritage and a long-standing tradition for brewing lagers. In fact I could have included more, if not all Wisconsin brews. Or even all Capital brews for that matter since they brew bocks (lagers in general) wonderfully.
And speaking of Capital, it just so happens that my mood-change for bocks coincides with Capital’s Bockfest this weekend! (Really, I pretty much just figured that one out. It’s not just a shameless plug.) If you’re in the mood for bocks as much as I am, join me at Capital Brewery this Saturday! Follow the link here: http://whointheirrightmind.com/bockfest.html for more information! (And keep watch for my article about the Madison Expedition I’ll be on!)