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Schell's Bock Fest

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August Schell Brewing Company is the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States. Every February they throw open the doors and allow multitudes of thirsty beer drinkers to descend on the New Ulm, Minnesota brewery grounds for Bock Fest.

Many of the attendees for this outdoor festival are from the area surrounding the southwestern Minnesota town of New Ulm. It’s not just for locals; chartered buses from the Twin Cities, just two hours away, arrive full of attendees ready to enjoy German atmosphere, live polka music, Bock hunt and of course, the beer.

The weather can range from wintery cold to unseasonably warm but according to Angie from MN, “During the cold years, it is chilly when you start, but the body certainly warms up once you start partaking of the Bock!” One can partake of the Bock beer as is or have a red hot poker plunged into it, a signature of the festival. “The hot poker in the beer changes the temperature, but more importantly it changes the flavor of the beer. It caramelizes the flavor and gives it a rich sweet taste. Yum, yum, yum!” says Angie.

For many attendees Bock Fest is an annual adventure. Others, like Eli from Portland, OR will be attending Bock Fest for the first time this year. While he’s “not especially looking forward to freezing temperatures” there is the intrigue of the caramelized beer. “In fact, I’ve never had a caramelized beer, so I’m excited to see if it’s as delicious as I keep hearing,” says Eli.

Whether Schell’s is just over the river and through the woods from you or a flight across multiple time zones, there’s still time for you to make plans to taste Bock Fest for yourself.

Bock Fest
August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN
Saturday, February 9th 11 am – 4:30 pm
Tickets are $10/person and available at the door.
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