Undistributed beer of the week: Bock Ness Monster
Coronado Brewing Co: Bock Ness Monster
Pair with: Bratwurst
This tasty Bock is full of rich, bready flavors, with a nice bite of spice. It’s light in color, with a slight reddish hue. There are delicious notes of caramel, honey and residual sweetness to back the strong presence of malts, while a crisp finish balances out this brew.
This beer comes to us from Brian Kelly, pub brewer at Coronado Brewing Co. The idea for this beer came to Kelly after traveling to Munich for Oktoberfest in 2015. After tasting the classic and timeless creations they were brewing up, he felt inspired to get back to work.
“With tradition in mind and amazing memories of the time I had there, I looked forward to springtime to brew up a Maibock, a German-style strong lager... Something to ease off the strong dark winter beers and creep into the summer crushers,” Kelly said.
That’s pretty much what this beer is: A pre-summer solstice brew that’s tasty and a nice ease into the beautiful season we have awaiting us in San Diego.
“After researching and tasting several similar styles, I followed traditional recipes and techniques and went with a recipe that included German Pilsner, Vienna and Aromatic malts balanced with noble hops Hallertauer and Saaz,” he said. “A decoction mash was used along with a two-hour boil to achieve a deep golden color with sweet toasted, grainy flavors and light honey notes balanced with the herbal and spicy hops.”
The beer itself carries a pretty robust, detailed flavor while still remaining a light-tasting, drinkable brew at 7%. This style is known for being similar to a lager, but with a stronger flavor and higher ABV. The mission is accomplished for Kelly, with it’s own delicious qualities that truly set it apart. But wait, why’s this brew called Bock Ness?
“The name came about after a long brainstorm with fellow CBC brewers and friends. We wanted something fun but also [wanted to] show it was packing a little heat behind it,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier with the turn out and hope it can be tasted by more before it’s gone!”
This beer is currently available on tap to try at Coronado Brewing Co. Do like Brian says, and get it while it’s cold!