Rahr's Bucking Bock: Drink it While You Can

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I'm trying not to obsess, but it seems like every day feels a little warmer than the last. The climbing mercury is making me want to grab onto the last days of spring and hang on as tightly as I can. And there's other signs of the season slipping away. Like Rahr Brewery's spring Bucking Bock, a beer I fell in love with while enjoying a cool breeze at The Porch.

"You've got about two more weeks," Melissia Simmons told me when I asked her where else I could enjoy the golden hoppy brew. Simmons says the beer takes eight weeks to brew so they made a ton of it to make sure they don't run out. "There's a good bit of it laying around," she added.

The 7.5 percent ABV brew is a German-style maibock traditionally brewed in late fall to be cellared and enjoyed in the spring. The beer is light tasting and drinkable with a light head and a slightly malty flavor. Simmons tells me it will soon be replaced at most bars with a summer rotator from the brewery.

Want to take a pint for a test drive? Tonight, the Ginger Man will be holding a Bucking Bock glass night -- buy a beer, take home a tankard. The following locations also still have it on tap. Drink the last of spring while you still can.

The Porch
The Ginger Man
Katy Trail Ice House
Uptown Pub
Tillman's Roadhouse

Location Info

The Porch

2912 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

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Ginger Man

2718 Boll St., Dallas, TX

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Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Uptown Pub

3605 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

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Tillman's Roadhouse

324 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

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Steve
Steve

Rahr beers all seem not-quite-done to me.  And their packaging  is flimsy, I always feel like I need to carry the sixer from the bottom.  

And why not use a snub-nosed bottle?  Long necks suck.   Or go with a Flensberger-style flip-cap.    Rahr just does not strike me as a passionate brewery.

McDoom
McDoom

My beer place had Iron Thistle in stock up until about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Another damn fine seasonal from the Rahr guys. I drank way too much Pandora's Bock from Breckenridge this spring. Very solid spring bock. August/September can't get here soon enough for Oktoberfest seasonals.

just sayin'
just sayin'

That is one good beer. Its goes down way too easy for a 7.5. That shit will sneak up on you if you let it.

McDoom
McDoom

 I used to be of the same opinion. My first experience to Rahr years ago was a six pack of Ugly Pug that must've just been a bad batch - just meh to awful all around. I was similarly unimpressed with a Rahr Red shortly thereafter and my mind had been made up that they just didn't make good beer. Later on, as I'm trying to fill out my Saucer plate, I start trying their stuff again on Sunday Texas and Monday Pint nites. While their year round brews aren't in my regular rotation, I found that they make some great seasonals. Iron Thistle is one of the best late fall/winter seasonals around. Bucking Bock is a great representative of the style. And their Oktoberfest is a personal favorite that I'd put up against any of the other guys version.

Seems weird to me to complain about the type of bottle utilized since they should just headed right for the recycle bag after pouring out the wonderful goodness inside into a glass.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Iron Thistle is my favorite Rahr beer. Hell, it may very well be my favorite beer period. I know of one place that still has some in stock. And I ain't tellin'.

bh
bh

That it will.  Iz deelish.

just sayin'
just sayin'

My first batch of Ugly Pug was underwhelming as well. For that price, it was underwhelming enough for me to never buy it again and pretty much turn my nose up at all Rahr beers. Then, as fate would have it, I found myself at the Ft Worth Flying Saucer one cold saturday in January of '11 and they had Iron Thistle on tap. Talk about winning me back. And talk about me stumbling out of the Saucer...

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