The Session: Doppelbock


A beer of substance
With brash malty attitude
Local boys done good


A Celebrator
On my twenty first birthday
That’s what friends are for

Further down the road
What was once overwhelming
Now sustains my soul

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Winter Beer

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly group writing project for beer bloggers. This month’s theme is Doppelbock and is hosted by Brewvana.

Doppelbock is a rich malty bottom fermented beer. It was originally brewed by monks and was sometimes called “Liquid Bread” because it was used to provide sustenance during Lenten fasts. From what I could gather, today’s doppelbocks have more alcohol than the original brew (though that was still strong for its time). Because of their connection with Lent, doppelbocks are often associated with the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. Often brewers release doppelbocks as seasonal beers around that time. However, the two I reference in the haiku above are brewed year round.

For the record, I was actually given a six pack of Celebrator for my 21st birthday. I have to admit that it was way more than I was ready for at the time. However, I did appreciate that it was a beer to appreciate. When I revisited the Celebrator for this post, I was happy to see that my taste had caught up with my appreciation. Wow. Good stuff.

Check out the full roundup of Doppelbock Session posts.

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