Alaskan Brewing to release Imperial Bock in St. Louis

Alaskan Brewing to release Imperial Bock in St. Louis

New beer from Alaskan Brewing.

Alaskan Brewing Co. first opened in Juneau, Alaska, in 1986. The owners solicited help from about 80 investors to form the country’s 67th independent brewery at the time, the first since prohibition in Juneau. Though founded in 1986, its history reaches back to the Gold Rush Era, from which many recipes draw inspiration.

Their beer arrived in St. Louis in May of 2018, and if you have not tried, I highly suggest you do. Perhaps, their newest brew can be your gateway.

Their latest Pilot Series, Imperial Bock, draws inspiration from an old-world beer style.

Alaskan Imperial Bock is an Eisbock, an amped-up version of a German doppelbock first brewed by 14-century Bavarian monks during cold winter months, but the brewery’s version strays from tradition.

This is a stronger version of a Doppelbock.
This is a stronger version of a Doppelbock.

What Is An Eisbock?

Like most winter warmers, Eisbocks are rich in flavor with pronounced malt sweetness and a warm alcoholic finish. They are traditionally produced by freezing a doppelbock and removing the ice crystals to intensify flavor and strength. “Alaskan Imperial Bock is based off Eisbock, but instead of freezing it, we brewed a higher gravity beer to achieve higher strength,” said Alaskan Brewing Head Brewer, Rob Day. “We then rest it on vanilla oak chips to help smooth the character that you typically get from a high-alcohol bock,” explained Day. “The result is a sweet, malty beer that doesn’t taste heavy.”

Imperial Bock is rich, robust, and full-bodied with cherry notes, toasty overtones, mellow vanilla sweetness and a clean finish. “Imperial Bock is a big, bold beer, coming in at 12.5% alcohol content by volume,” said Alaskan Brewing Communications Manager, Andy Kline. “Apparently, German friars would sustain themselves on doppelbock while fasting during lent. But I’d recommend pairing Imperial Bock with equally rich and hearty foods like venison, pork or duck,” said Kline.

In homage to the Eisbock style, the label features the spotted seal, which inhabits the icy border areas where sea ice mixes with open water on the continental shelf of the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering Seas in the Arctic.

Imperial Bock will be available beginning in December.

You can find Alaskan Brewing beer in about 50 locations in the St. Louis area. Here’s their map, to see which location is closest to you. Call ahead to confirm Imperial Bock in stock.

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