Billy Bock is brewed with a combination of two row-Pale, Munich, Caramel and Chocolate malts. Bill uses Cluster hops up front during the 90 min. boil to balance the beer’s natural maltiness and two additions of Mt. Hood hops later in the boil for their aromatic contributions. A proprietary yeast strain cultivated from both lager and ale yeast strains, is used.
Look for a predominantly big malty and slightly fruity hop nose with some traces alcohol evident. Note great head retention in this filtered, ruby-red, medium-to-full-bodied beer. Billy Bock starts with an intensely sweet, rich, malty flavor and ends slightly dry. Overall, one of best American interpretations of a traditional Bock that we’ve ever had. Enjoy!
Bill Owens, the founder of Buffalo Bill’s Brewing Co., is considered to be one of the, if not the (the in italics) Founding father of the Microbrewing Renaissance. He was certainly one of the first pioneers contributing to the creation of the "brewpub" concept as he opened one of the first in the country, Buffalo Bills Brewery, in late 1983. Since that time, he made use of his original career as a photojournalist by founding two of the beer industries better periodicals, BEER: The Magazine, and The American Brewer. BEER, the Magazine was intended more for beer lovers, aficionados and fanatics, and was written in a flamboyant and colorful style, not dissimilar to Bill’s personality. It is unfortunately currently on the seller’s block as Bill seeks to focus on The American Brewer which is more of a trade publication.
Bill entered the industry, as many brewers do, as a homebrewer and also brews Alimony Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Tasmanian Devil Ale and Diaper Pale Ale in addition to the Bock beer we are featuring this month.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (510) 538-9500 or check out their web site at www.ambrew.com.
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