April 4 & 5, 2020... This year’s 52nd Annual Bockbierfest has been CANCELED. However, our next event is in October for Oktoberfest and we hope to see everyone there!
53rd Annual Oktoberfest schedule:
Friday October 11, 6pm-Midnight
Saturday October 12, 3pm-Midnight
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
We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!
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.