You finally have an excuse to drink beer and be holier-than-thou: This Saturday, Town Hall is hosting the Blessing of the Maibock at all three of its locations. Based on a centuries-old monastic tradition, the blessing of the Maibock is officially our favorite rite of spring, a celebration where the church-y stuff is short and the beer is free.
"The origin of the event is steeped in the tradition of brewing beer," says Christine Weeks, a PR representative for Town Hall. "In Germany the beers are seasonal and the deeper you get into winter the darker your beer gets and the higher alcohol it gets. In the southern state of Bavaria they started brewing a spring beer that still used the bock process, so it still has a relatively high alcohol content but it's a lighter color and it's called Maibock."
Town Hall's Maibock is actually on the lower end of the ABV spectrum for a Maibock, at only 6.7% ABV. But the flavor and color is what you would expect for this special spring beer.
"It's sort of a transition beer between those heavier winter beers and the lighter lagers and pilsners of the summertime," says Weeks.
Though perhaps one of the only breweries to do so in the Twin Cities, Town Hall is not the only Midwestern brewery to host a blessing of the bock. Every March, Milwaukee hosts an entire festival dedicated to the occasion, drawing brewers, home brewers, and clergy from around the Midwest.
This is Town Hall's 17th Blessing of the Maibock. The beer blessings begin at Town Hall Tap at 3 p.m. and move to Town Hall Lanes at 4 p.m.; both locations will offer attendees one free Maibock beer and happy hour pricing. The celebration will finish up at Town Hall Brewery at 5 p.m. where beer-lovers can sample free Maibock until 6 p.m. Father Aron Kramer, vicar at St. Andrew's By the Lake in Duluth, will perform the blessing.
The following blessing is found in the Ritual Romanum, a collection of Roman Catholic services:
Lord, bless this creature, beer, which by your kindness and power has been produced from kernels of grain, and let it be a healthful drink for mankind. Grant that whoever drinks it with thanksgiving to your holy name may find it a help in body and in soul; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.It's a whole lot more eloquent than the traditional college beer blessing: "Down in one."