May 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
As you may know, this past Sunday was Slyfox Brewing Company’s twelfth annual Bockfest and goat race. For those that made the event, it proved to be exactly what the name entails. There we bock beers flowing readily and almost as many goats wandering the parking lot out front of the Pheonixville Brewery. My beer of choice was the Instigator Doppelbock. I do not normally lunge at the chance to try a bock when I see at the pub unless I’ve heard about it previously and the Instigator was a pleasing exception.
Instigator Doppelbock: It poured a very dark brown with an inch or so of mocha colored head. Aroma had strong notes of dark fruit; plum and grape. Also ripe with typical doppelbock scents, toffee, caramel, nuts, and roasted malt. Flavor has pretty much all the same characteristics as the aroma. A hint of chocolate, with subtle chocolate and a mild raisin on the back end. It was surprisingly easy drinking at 7.3% ABV with minimal hotness. Overall, very clean and full bodied.
Brian O’Reilly, Brewmaster, and the rest of the crew at Slyfox also used this event to release and name their annual seasonal Maibock. Again, this seasonal was proclaimed in the name of the fastest goat; Peggy, the three legged goat. This is Peggy’s second consecutive victory at the event and is sure to make an attempt at legacy next year.
Overall this event was one of the best ways I can think of spending a Sunday. Tons of great beer, an ecentric event and a lot of wonderful people, who could ask for more? I strongly suggest that if you’ve never been in the past that you mark the first Sunday in May (Cinco de Mayo, 2013) in your calender and find yourself betting beer tickets on three legged goats next year. A decision you will be sure not to regret.