Bockbierfest

Annual event in May

  • May 6, 2017

    Every spring, the Sacramento Turn Verein—and thousands of local beer lovers—gather to celebrate the arrival of Bockbier, a traditional Bavarian beer that is dark in color and relatively high in alcohol content. This two-day event includes:

    German music by the Sacramento Turner Harmonie
    Bavarian folk dancing
    Traditional German food
    Biergarten
    We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!

    History
    According to some records, Bockbiers date back as far as the mid 1200s in Germany—and although their name came from the Hanseatic league town of Einbeck (where the beer was first brewed), a myth says it was derived from the German word for “goat,” which is also “bock.”

    By 1380, there were 600 breweries in Einbeck producing Bockbier. Later it was exported to Munich and then all over Europe. With the large demand for Bockbier in Munich, the Einbeck brewmeister was brought to Munich with no chance of returning to Einbeck.