Anaheim Bock Beer Returns

Bock_beer_advertising,_1882After a three-year hiatus, it’s time for a Bockbier again!

Our latest seasonal offering is Anaheim Bockbier, a classic golden colored Maibock, just about 8% abv. This lager is full-bodied, but finishes clean, with a slight floral note. Despite its strength, Anaheim Bockbier is smooth and drinkable.

Bock beers originate in the northern German town of Einbeck. As far back as the middle ages, Einbeck was famous for its excellent strong lager. By the 1300’s, the city was exporting its beer to countries from Britain to Russia.

centenial-bock-beer-693747By the 1500’s, the Bavarian city of Munich was importing so much beer from Einbeck that they hired a brewmaster from Einbeck to produce their own version of the strong lager. When Bavarians say “Einbeck” it comes out more like “ein bock.” In German, “Ein Bock” means “a male goat.” That’s why most Bock beer labels feature a ram.

Greg likes to tell this story about the goat and bock beer:

bock beer pcAfter Munich started to produce its own Bockbier, a brewmaster from Einbeck came to town. He claimed that his original, northern brew was stronger. The Bavarian brewer disagreed, and the two decided to settle the question with a drinking contest, you know, like you do. Each brewmaster would drink the other’s beer until one could no longer stand. The contest went on for several hours, and drew quite a crowd in the courtyard. Someone left a gate open, and a goat (a Bock) ran in and knocked the Einbeck brewmaster off his feet, making the Bavarian the winner. “No fair,” cried the northern man, “a Bock knocked me down!”
“Yes,” replied the Bavarian, “and I brewed it!”

Enjoy Anaheim Bock, and as always, drink responsibly. But if you see any goats in the Beer Garden . . .

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Winter Wheat

Anaheim Gazette, May 6. 1909


This bottle is is a private collection. We have an unused label on display.

‘Tis the season for Anaheim Winter Wheat. This unfiltered beer is a darker version of Anaheim Hefeweizen.  It’s smooth and rich, with a spicy clove-like aroma and a toasty caramel finish.

Our Winter Wheat label is a reproduction of a label that John Cassou, owner of the Peerless Saloon, pasted on bottles of Anaheim Beer around 1914.

You can see the original label in our display case.

The Peerless Saloon, circa 1903.

The Peerless Saloon, circa 1903.

The Peerless Saloon was at 106 N. Los Angeles Street (what we know as Anaheim Boulevard).  That put it on the same block as today’s City Hall.

According to the Anaheim Gazette, the  Peerless sold fine wines, liquors, and cigars, and noted in advertisements that they served “Anaheim Beer on draft.”

Rose Cassou and Leonard Hessel on their wedding day in 1912.

Rose Cassou and Leonard Hessel on their wedding day in 1912.

Back row Left to Right:  Joseph Hessel, Mr. Hiltscher, Anton Hessel, Mr. Hiltscher, Mr. Hiltscher. Seated Left to Right:  Mr. Bennerscheidt, Leonard Hessel, Frank Hogle, unidentified.

Back row Left to Right: Joseph Hessel, Mr. Hiltscher, Anton Hessel, Mr. Hiltscher, Mr. Hiltscher.
Seated Left to Right: Mr. Bennerscheidt, Leonard Hessel, Frank Hogle, unidentified.

In one of those Six Degrees of Anaheim Brewery coincidences, John Cassou’s daughter, Rose, married Leonard Hessel, one of the family who were the last pre-Prohibition makers of Anaheim Beer.

Here’s pictures of the happy couple on their wedding day, and the happy Hessel brothers in their beer garden.

When the Hessels (Anton, his wife, Eva, his brother Leonard, and two others) took over Anaheim Brewery in 1904, they renamed it Union Brewing Company.  They continued making Anaheim Beer until Prohibition.

All black and white images used with permission of Anaheim Public Library.

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Cafecito Organico & Anaheim Brewery Brew Up a Coffee Stout

20141028_091258Anaheim Coffee Stout is now on tap.

Our collaboration with Cafecito Organico from the Anaheim Packing House is an intensely dark and intensely flavored beer.

Greg pours the Kianjiru Coffee into the clean tank.

Greg pours the Kianjiru Coffee into the clean tank.

Cafecito Organico made ten gallons of cold-brewed coffee using Kianjiru coffee from Kenya.  The beans are grown on the Baragwi Farmer’s Co-op in Kirinyaga, Kenya.

The Kianjiru coffee provides hints of dark chocolate at the first sip, and the coffee flavor rolls through to the finish.

Anaheim Coffee Stout paired beautifully with desserts, and also with grilled meats.

We’d love to share a glass with you.

Greg & Barbara

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Anaheim Brewery’s 2014 Oktoberfest: Double Dates



Greg admires Mayor Tom Tait’s tapping technique in 2011.

One Saturday isn’t long enough to celebrate Oktoberfest, so we’ve added a second date! This year’s festival will be held on October 11th and October 18th, from 4 – 10 pm.

Mitch Caldwell takes a swing at tapping the 2012 keg.

Mitch Caldwell takes a swing at tapping the 2012 keg.

On the 11th, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will open the festivities by ceremoniously tapping a cask of Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager.  In Munich, this work is traditionally the Mayor’s job, so in past years we’ve had the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait, perform this service.  One year we even auctioned off the privilege to benefit CHOC (the Children’s Hospital of Orange County).

Be sure to limber up for the Chicken Dance, because our favorite oompah band, the German-American Brass Band of Southern California, will play all night.  K&A’s grill will be slinging brats with potato salad and sauerkraut.  Ryan and Stephanie’s Bavarian Pretzels will remind you just how deliciously tasty carbs can be.alpenhorn cropped2


It’s heel-slappin’ fun.

For the 18th, we’ll kick thing off with a blast from the Alpenhorn. That’s the signal for Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler perform traditional German dances, with live music from by Almrausch Tanzlmusi.

There’s plenty to eat from the Bavarian Pretzel People, plus Wheat and Sons Butchers will be grilling up bratwurst made especially for Anaheim Brewery – perfect with a cold glass of Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager.

Both nights feature a return of the Fine Stein Contest.  Bring your best stein and compete for prizes. Or just enjoy drinking your beer from a stein.

Prost! from your hosts, Greg and Barbara Gerovac

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It’s Time for Another Sausage Fest

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Swing by on Saturday, July 12th. The grills will be fired up and the dogs will be smokin’ from 4 to 10 pm.

1800195_10202655850773435_2055749430_nYour feet will be tapping along to Brother Yusef’s Organic FattBack Blues. Fattback Blues combines traditional finger picking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues to create a full band sound with one guitar. Brother Yusef’s exuberant playing is so infectious you’ll want to quit your job to become his roadie.

K&A-logowheatandsonsCenter Street’s K&A Café is rounding up a passel of delectable sausages for the fest. They asked Wheat and Sons Butchers from the Anaheim Packing House to come up with something special, so Ashley and Nate created an insanely delicious Chicken Chorizo just for the occasion. Kathy & Art will have the grill fired up with chorizo, bratwurst, and their amazing Portuguese sausage kabobs.

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Anaheim 1888 Finds the Silver Lining

CA craft beer compAnaheim 1888, our flagship beer, won a Silver Medal at the 2014 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition.  This competition is limited to beers brewed in the State of California.

Greg Gerovac, one of the brewers and owners, says “We are thrilled that our flagship beer placed so high among such outstanding competition.” Over 850 entries were submitted in 30 categories.

A perfectly poured glass of Anaheim 1888.

A perfectly poured glass of Anaheim 1888.

Anaheim 1888 earned the Silver Medal in the Amber Hybrids category. Anaheim 1888 is a copper-colored lager, full-flavored and hopped with generous amounts of Centennial hops. “It is based on the style of beer that the original Anaheim Brewery produced in the late 1800’s, and is brewed exclusively with Muntons Malt from England,” says the other brewer and owner, Barbara Gerovac.

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Last 2 Chances for Dark Scotch Ale

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week
5 Beers, 4 Courses, 50 Bucks!

Join Brewmasters Greg and Barbara tonight at 6:30 at the Anaheim White House for Beer Dinner!

It’s too hot to make dinner – Make reservations instead: 714-772-1381

Aperitif: Conrad’s Kolsch

Appetizer: Paired with tasting of Anaheim 1888
Ravioli Porcini:  Italian cheese filled ravioli with a Porcini mushroom sauce

Salad: Paired with tasting of Anaheim Hefeweizen
Chefs Greens:  Seasonal greens, rice paper, Dijon mustard vinaigrette

Entrée: Paired with tasting of Anaheim Red
Hanger Steak
Peppered Hanger steak, herbed Chianti infusion, seasonal vegetables, garlic mashed potato puree

Dessert: Paired with tasting of Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale
Tarte Tatin:  Fresh sliced caramelized apples and baked puffed pastry sheets with caramel sauce

$50.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity

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We saved a keg for the party on Saturday, May 17th.  We’ll tap it at 4 pm.  Yes, kittens, you can even  fill your growler.

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