New Ulm, MN (PRWEB) September 23, 2013
The August Schell Brewing Co., the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country, brewer of Schell’s and Grain Belt, has brewed its first collaborative beer with the German-based brewery Gold Ochsen. The breweries are both run by fifth-generation families who together have almost 570 years of brewing experience. The older Gold Ochsen Brewery was founded in Ulm, Germany, in 1597, and the younger August Schell Brewery was founded in its Sister City, New Ulm, in 1860.
Brewmasters from both breweries worked together to choose the style and recipe for this beer. They decided to create a blonde doppelbock using Tettnang, Saphire and Smaragd hops from the Tettnang region of Germany located near the Gold Ochsen Brewery. For a subtle twist, each brewery selected a different new variety for dry hopping. Gold Ochsen dry hopped their version with Mandarina Bavaria hops and the Schell’s Brewery used a German variety, Polaris. Each brewery used its own local base malt, but used the same specialty malts; Pilsner, Munich, Abbey and Carapils from Weyermann Malting in Germany.
August’s Bock was brewed in the blond doppelbock style (literally "double bock"). It is deep golden amber in color and extremely rich in flavor. It has an assertive hop bitterness and a robust malt backbone. Polaris dry hops add a unique hoppy character and aroma. It is a very full-bodied beer whose strength is masked by its easy drinkability. Schell’s Brewery will be selling this collaborative beer as its Stag #8 "August Bock," named after both breweries past presidents from five generations ago. The beer will be available in 6-packs, 1/6 barrels and ½ barrels in November.
About August Schell Brewing Company:
August Schell Brewing Company, located in New Ulm, MN, sits atop the same site it was built on in 1860. With its sprawling grounds, beautiful gardens, Schell Mansion, and deer park, the brewery is a tourist destination for any beer lover. Schell’s boasts a proud heritage of 153 years of continuous family ownership and specializes in craft beers. In addition to the line of specialty beers, Schell’s also produces Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt Premium Light and Grain Belt Nordeast. For more information on Schell’s Brewery, tour schedules or any of their 17 quality beers, go to http://www.schellsbrewery.com.