"Never trust a skinny brewer"
As batch one of the Zaragoza Stout has all but disappeared from stock, it is time to announce the beer which will fill its gap. The second offering from Resolute Brewing is the Beechwood Bock.
As the name gives away, the beer is a bock, which is a malty style of lager originating in southern Germany. In addition, beechwood-smoked malt was used to impart a savoury flavour, reminiscent of bacon. The beer is amber coloured, 6.5% ABV and has a bitterness of around 25IBU.
The use of smoke was inspired by my foray into the world of barbecuing where a range of varieties of wood is used to impart a smoky flavour to the food. Smoked beer is not a recent innovation despite experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Prior to the early 1800s, due to the malting technology at the time most, if not all, beer had a smoky character. One region to specialise in producing smoked beer is Franconia (now a region in Bavaria, Germany). The Beechwood Bock is a tribute to these special brewers.
This beer is the first in Resolute Brewing's Wood-Smoked Series which showcases the array of character different varieties of smoke wood can add to beer.
The first keg of Beechwood Bock will be tapped at SOBA's Winter Ale Festival on July 14. I'll be in attendance so be sure to come over for a beer and a chat.