BOCKFEST SEASON APPROACHES AS ONE OF CINCINNATI’S OLDEST BREWERIES LAUNCHES AN ANNUAL TRADITION WITH CEREMONIAL KEG TAPPING AND BLESSING
CINCINNATI – Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. has announced that they are once again gearing up for the Bockfest season with the official seasonal release of their Emancipator Doppelbock.
On Friday January 4, 2019, Bock Beer and Bockfest lovers can stop by the Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom (1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202) for their first Emancipator pint of the season and will also be able to take home Emancipator Doppelbock in 6 pack cans.
Alongside the beer’s debut, Christian Moerlein will be continuing the tradition of the ceremonial keg tapping and Emancipator blessing done by the brewery’s neighbors of St. Francis Seraph Church. The beer will be released at 4 PM when the Taproom opens, but the official blessing will take place at 6 PM with the keg tapping to follow.
In an official press release, brewery owner Greg Hardman said that the style Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich by the Franciscan Hermits of Paula in Munich Germany in 1634. Doppelbock, meaning “double bock”, is a higher alcohol version of the traditional bock. This beer served as “liquid bread” during fasting, when food was not permitted in the era. Christian Moerlein’s Emancipator Doppelbock comes in at 7% ABV and 17.5 IBU, and is a tribute to the original Franciscan Hermits and the brewery’s neighbors the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist, serving at St. Francis Seraph and throughout the Midwest.
“We are excited to carry on the traditional blessing of our Emancipator Doppelbock with our Franciscan neighbors from St. Francis Seraph and to honor the original Franciscan Hermits of Paula from 1634 and their brewing of the first Doppelbock,” said Hardman.
Emancipator Doppelbock will be immediately available throughout the market and can be enjoyed at this year’s Bockfest, March 1-3, 2019 at the Christian Moerlein Brewery & Taproom in Over-the-Rhine.
Hardman, a Greater Cincinnati resident, purchased Christian Moerlein in 2004. The brewery opened in 1853 by its namesake, a German immigrant, and quickly became one of America’s best known and respected brands. It was reestablished in 1981. The Christian Moerlein brewing team has proudly brought back Cincinnati’s brewing heritage and legacy beer brands like Hudepohl, Little Kings and Burger.