For the devout, the Lenten season preceding Easter has been a time of fasting and repentance. To sustain them during their Lenten fasts, the Paulaner Monks in Munich brewed an especially strong Doppelbock bier, which they named Salvator, or “Our Savior.” Doppelbock became a Lenten tradition, and commercial brewers followed the monks’ lead by also releasing their strong bier at this time.
The arrival of Doppelbock became so anticipated that the season was named Starkbierzeit or “Strong Bier Season.” In the tradition of the season, we released our Doppelbock, also known as flüssiges Brot (“liquid bread”) and celebrated its origins by having it blessed before going on tap in the Bierhalle.
Learn more about our Doppelbock, a 1st Place Winner for Bock Beer in the 2017 Great International Beer Competition.
- More About Starkbier: Meet Oktoberfest’s Lesser-Known Little Brother: Starkbierfest in Munich
- More Doppelbock History: These 17th Century Monks Did a Beer Fast For Lent
- Recommended Reading: My Faith: What I Learned From My 46-Day Beer-Only Fast