November 21, 2005

Rock Out With Your Bock Out

Rock Out With Your Bock OutPretty much my favorite beer in the whole wide world is Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

A little background. I first had this beer last year, when Derek showed up to the Caroling Party with a bottle or two of the stuff. The details are fuzzy, but he said something like “You have to try this.” Everyone who did, agreed. It is a beer-lover’s delight. Dark, smooth, rich, chocolaty, malty, not too bitter. Creamy. And, well, dreamy.

I went out myself and hunted down a few more bottles in the weeks afterward, introducing it to other people I knew.

Fast forward to last week. This is a seasonal brew, and Derek had heard from a local liquor store that soon SACB would be hitting the shelves. He was given an exact day, in fact.

Alas, the appointed day came and he got a phone call from a friend informing him that the Bock was not only NOT on the shelves, but they hadn’t heard anything about it from the brewers at the Boston Beer Co!

A sad day for our heroes.

Dejected, Derek found his way to my office to commiserate. He told his tale of woe, and said that he was coming in to work to forget his sorrows. Industrious, even when there is no beer to be had. Derek is an admirable person.

The pain was palpable. I, too, grieved, since I had planned of buying a number of bottles myself. I said to Derek something like: “Well, if it’s Chocolate Bock ye be seeking, you happen to have wandered into the right place.**” I then bent space and time* and reached behind me to produce a chilled, unopened bottle of last year’s Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

( * I didn’t actually bend space and time, but if you explain how a magic trick works, it spoils the magic.)

( ** These were not my exact words. The exact words are important to the trick and are too powerful to be contained on a web page)

We couldn’t let it go, of course. After the last known bottle of Chocolate Bock was gone, I decided to call the company and find out what they had to say. I called the next day.

Cutting to the chase, they informed me that Sam Adams is not releasing Chocolate Bock this year! After I threatened to cry (seriously) and threatened that others would cry as well (they would) they divulged to me that we might be seeing the brew in January or February. This sounded a wee bit suspicious… I mean, don’t they know when they’re going to release the beer? Can’t I have an exact day for my calendar?

I guess not, and I’ll have to deal.

But if you see any bottles of last year’s Chocolate Bock… could you drop me a line?


Posted by James at November 21, 2005 9:33 PM
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Locally, word is that Buzzard's Bay is working on a doppel bock for the holidays. Unfortunately, it'll be taking the place of the WestPorter. I can only hope this "doppel bock" will be better than the "Octoberfest."

Posted by: ThirdMate at November 22, 2005 2:48 PM

I admit to not having had the "Octoberfest."

SamAd does a decent Doppelbock. It's the best I've had that wasn't imported. I'll be really eager to try this new Doppel.

In further "word on the street" -- NewportStorm is brewing a Doppel for its winter offering (the '05) and I've heard tell that they might have used chocolate.

As always -- stay tuned.

Posted by: James at November 22, 2005 3:06 PM

Don't be surprised if the Doppels from NewportStorm and Buzzard's Bay taste strangely EXACTLY the same. But I've said too much.

Posted by: ThirdMate at November 22, 2005 3:15 PM

Intrigued. And thirsty, now.

Posted by: James at November 22, 2005 3:43 PM

Please keep us posted!!

Posted by: Count Chocula at November 22, 2005 8:51 PM

How can you commit to a beer that isn't available on a regular basis....let me help you out, this one's always there. Good chocolate aftertaste
St. Peter's Honey Porter

Posted by: Norm at November 23, 2005 2:42 PM

Not sure what you mean by "commit," but I'm always in the market for beer recommendations. I will keep my eyes peeled for that Honey Porter.

Posted by: James at November 23, 2005 4:06 PM

I want to go on the record as being opposed to Beer Marridge.

Posted by: Julie at November 23, 2005 4:45 PM

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