Stock Up on Bock
I was delighted the other day to find back on the shelves a beer about which I blogged almost exactly a year a ago — Rochester's Best Beer in America's Best Can. I quoted the brewer of Genesee Bock Beer as saying, "Our take on the 16th century German legend has turned out to be a legend in its own right," and notes that Bock "is historically associated with special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent," and has "a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting."
What I did not note, because I did not know it at the time (and cannot believe it now), is that this "exceptionally hearty, full-flavored beer with a slight malty finish—and a perfect way to celebrate the snow melt" would disappear from the shelves long before Ash Wednesday. Heck, in these parts we're lucky if the snow melts by Pentecost (Whitsunday). So, if you want to follow those Bavarian monks and drink this "source of nutrition during times of fasting" during Lent, you'd better fill your beer fridge now.
Oh yeah, the F.X. (Francis Xavier) Matt Brewing Company's Black Bear Bock from Utica, New York is also good, but it's only available in the 12 Beers of Winter box set.