Samples, updates, and observations concerning research for the other 99% in Milwaukee's historic German language newspapers, 1844-1950.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Milwaukee's Bock Bier festivals; a lost tradition!
You don't hear about an annual Bock Beer season in Milwaukee anymore.
The local German papers featured adverts. for the brew in late winter and into early spring.
(I'm not a beer fan, but as I understand it, back when city animal ordinances were more lax, enterprising home brewers would feed all the necessary ingredients to their goats and then collect the warm, foamy, golden, organic brew for annual festivities. If not properly filtered, drinking Bock beer could leave a prickly mustache ;-).
This advertisement for Best's Bierhalle special goat-brew dates from the 1850s.
More information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock