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August's Bock brewed by August Schell Brewing and Brauerei Gold Ochsen

August's Bock brewed by August Schell Brewing and Brauerei Gold Ochsen GmbH in New Ulm, MN   

August’s Bock was made collaboratively with the German-based brewery Gold Ochsen and was named after both breweries past presidents from five generations ago. Both breweries are still family-owned and have almost 570 years of combined brewing experience. The older Gold Ochsen Brewery was founded in Ulm, Germany, in 1597, and the younger August Schell Brewery was founded in its Sister City, New Ulm, in 1860.

August's Bock brewed by August Schell Brewing in New Ulm, MN

Brewmasters from both breweries worked together to choose the style and recipe for this beer. They decided to create a blonde doppelbock using Tettnang, Saphire and Smaragd hops from the Tettnang region of Germany located near the Gold Ochsen Brewery. For a subtle twist, each brewery selected a different new variety for dry hopping. Gold Ochsen dry hopped their version with Mandarina Bavaria hops and the Schell’s Brewery used a German variety, Polaris. Each brewery used its own local base malt, but used the same specialty malts; Pilsner, Munich, Abbey and Carapils from Weyermann Malting in Germany.

August’s Bock was brewed in the blond doppelbock style (literally “double bock”). It is deep golden amber in color and extremely rich in flavor. It has an assertive hop bitterness and a robust malt backbone. Polaris dry hops add a unique hoppy character and aroma. It is a very full-bodied beer whose strength is masked by its easy drinkability.

August Schell Brewing
The August Schell Brewing Company is a brewing company in New Ulm, Minnesota. It was founded by German immigrant August Schell in 1860 and passed into the possession of the Schell family in 1866. It is the second oldest family-owned brewery in America after D. G. Yuengling & Son and became the oldest and largest brewery in Minnesota when the company bought the Grain Belt rights in 2002. In September 2010, it celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a two-day festival.
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The History of August Schell Brewery
In the fall of 1860, August Schell partnered up with Jacob Bernhardt, a former brewmaster at the Benzberg Brewery in St. Paul, MN (what today was known as the Minnesota Brewing Company). They erected a small brewery just two miles from town along the banks of the Cottonwood River. During their first year of operation they produced 200 barrels of beer, a very small amount based on today’s standards.

The location of the brewery was ideal. Aside from the beauty of its natural surroundings (August was especially fond of his hikes into the woods), the brewery was located next to an artesian spring, providing exceptionally pure water for brewing. Its proximity to the Cottonwood River gave the brewery a means of transporting beer and supplies, and the river also became essential to the refrigeration process. Each winter, large blocks of ice would be harvested and hauled up the hill where they would be stored in underground caves. The ice would keep the caves cool throughout the spring and early summer in order to allow proper aging and fermentation of the beer.



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