Maibock Tasting Workshop

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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
online via zoom
Chicago , IL

CHAOS Maibock Competition - Guided Style Tasting

Friday February 26th 7:30 pm via Zoom

Before you brew a Maibock (also called a Helles Bock) for the CHAOS members competition, join us for a virtual guided tasting, to learn about the style, its elements and how it fits in with other styles.  We are also working on getting an expert brewer to join us to discuss brewing the style - stay tuned for that.  

Maibock is a seasonal beer and the relatively few commercial examples distributed are often not available until spring.  The usual suspects - Binny’s, Beer Temple - do not carry any right now.  Good news, though, is that On Tour has their Maibock - Low Boy - on tap and sell it in crowlers.  On Tour won a gold medal at the 2017 GABF for this beer.  

In many ways, the Maibock/Helles Bock sits in between two other, more familiar, styles - the Helles and the Dunkel Bock.  For our tasting, we are going to taste two locally-produced examples of those styles, also.  

For the tasting, you need to pick up:

  • A crowler of Low Boy at On Tour brewing

  • A can of Helles at Dovetail Brewing

  • A can of Lifesblood at Old Irving Brewery

The Helles and Lifesblood are sold in four packs, so you can arrange to share with each other, if you’d like.  The Low Boy is only sold in crowlers, so everyone needs to pick up their own.  Remember to check on hours and whether you need to order online, etc.  This is a nice way for us to support three local breweries during a challenging time for them.  

If you see other examples of Helles Bock/Maibock available, let us know!  Anyone is welcome to join us for this, whether you are entering the competition or not.  If you want the zoom link emailed to you, send me an email at  Otherwise, I will post the link here on Slack, the website, and FB on that Friday afternoon.   


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Topic: Helles Bock (Maibock) Guided Tasting
Time: Feb 26, 2021 07:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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