Maibocks? Sounds like some creature chewing on the Falcon’s power cables. Nope. A Maibock is actually a bock style of beer, which tends to be pale and lighter in color than other bock beers and often has a significant hop character. It’s also the season for Maibocks. According to BeerAdvocate: “Maibocks are customarily served in the spring and are oftentimes interrelated with spring festivals and celebrations more often in the month of May.”
It’s an appropriate beer to be experimenting with up at Long Trail Brewing Co., based in Bridgewater Corners, Vt. Watch Long Trail Senior Brewer Steve Babler brew some Maple Maibock and explain its delicious goodness, discussing the malt character, alcohol content, unique decoction mashing technique and using local maple syrup. Babler’s an interesting guy. Feel free to let him do all the real talking above.