Hip Hops: The back story of Bock does NOT include the yearly use of steel wool

Hip Hops: The back story of Bock does NOT include the yearly use of steel wool

As previously noted at F&D, you can “goat” for broke at the annual NuLu Bock and Wurst Fest, which takes up most of the day on Saturday, March 23. Meanwhile, your beer columnist’s favorite locally-brewed, fundamentally honest, old-school Bock comes from Falls City. Accordingly, brewer Cameron Finnis tells me that he has sent a few kegs of Bock out for distribution, and of course it’s also on tap at the newest location of Parlour Pizza (Falls City’s ex-taproom), adjacent to the brewery at 901 E. Liberty. The following is a lightly edited repeat, and remember: You might dye a Maibock green, but why on earth would you want to?   

Is Bock the G.O.A.T.? This question has been nagging me since Jimmy Carter was in office.

All I knew for sure at the time was that Bock beers were dark, and they appeared each year in spring.

It was the 1970s, the decade when America’s beer scene reached its very nadir, increasingly awash in ever-lighter oceans of Pilsner pretenders, and with fewer than 100 independent breweries still operational in the entire country (in 2024, the number approaches 10,000).

On the coasts and in a handful of other locales nationally (Denver and environs,...Read more