An Example of an Old German Bockbier Label
In our last blog post we summed up the Oktoberfest and we announced the start of the “Bockbier” time in Upper Franconia. In this post we want to further explain to you the “Bockbier” time and its history.
As we already explained, “Bockbier” is a stronger beer with at least 6,5% vol. of alcohol. It is originally brewed with a high original wort for an extended shelf life. Nowadays “Bockbier” is a delicacy for German and overseas beer fans.
Where does the “Bockbier” come from?
The “Bockbier” is originally from northern Germany, particularly the hanseatic city Einbeck. In the middle age the beer from Einbeck was a delicacy. Due to this fact in the 13th century some Italians were interested in importing the beer. But in these times the shelf life of beer was very short, so the brewers had to find a new way to cure the beer and brewed it with a unusual high original wort what gives the “Bockbier” its unique, delicious taste.
Despite the fact that the “Bockbier” was invented in northern Germany, it has also a strong tradition in Bavaria and Upper Franconia.
But how does the “Bockbier” find its way to our region?
In 1555 an important aristocrat from Munich started ordering the “Bockbier” from Einbeck. A few years later, due to its great success in Bavaria, the local Bavarian and Upper Franconian breweries started brewing their own special “Bockbier” for the winter period. They liked the taste and the long shelf life was very convenient to store the beer for the winter times. Thus brewing “Bockbier” in the end of September became a tradition in Upper Franconia and the people started to celebrate every year in every brewery that the first “Bockbier” of the year was brewed. This tradition lasts until today.
So if you live in Germany or Upper Franconia in particular and want to celebrate the “Bockbier” time, you can find the schedule of this year`s “Bockbier” parties here.
St. ERHARD at Oktoberfest 2013 in New Delhi
Oktoberfest is a global synonym for German beer culture. It’s doesn’t just portray the rich culture of Germany but also stands for the unity and diversity among the people.
It’s a festival which originates from Munich but is also celebrated in some other cities of Germany as well nowadays. People from all over the globe come and celebrate this very special occasion with the German people. From the last recent years seeing the popularity of this esteemed German event, German organizations around the globe have been organizing the same in different parts of the world. This is a great way of bringing two countries together. The Indo-German relations are built on mutual trust and understanding and both the countries are doing great when it comes down to doing business with one another.
This year the German Embassy New Delhi will organize a Oktoberfest in India on 3rd of Oktober 2013 which is also the German Unity Day. An approximate footfall of 1200 people is expected in the event. The attendees will be served with the our genuine Bavarian St. ERHARD beer and also will be given an option to choose from the variety in the delicious German cuisine. The whole setup will be in the theme of Oktoberfest with all the logistics imported from Germany, just in order to provide the attendees with the best of the original festive feel of Oktoberfest in India. Also the whole staff will be dressed in the traditional Bavarian attire which is Lederhosn for the males and Dirndl for the females.
The whole campus for the event is created with the typical Oktoberfest tents, small kiosks, some amusement rides for both kids and adults. The event will start of by the special guests who will be greeted by the German Ambassador to India and his wife Mrs. Steiner. A brass band will be invited from Bavaria which will be performing live for the audiences while they will be enjoying the German beer and food at the same time. There will be wide range of German food including the very traditional pretzels from the south of Germany, potato salad, sausage salad and so on. Not only typical food will be served but also a lot of desserts will accompany the same. That will include the delicious German Kaiserschmarm, Apple Strudl (Pie), Roasted almonds and much more.
We at St. ERHARD are very proud to say that we will be one of the major sponsors of the Oktoberfest and the people attending the fest will get to taste it as well.
Saint Erhard on our St. ERHARD beer crown cap
In this blog post I am going to talk about our patron saint Saint Erhard. Being a Hindu, it was really interesting for me to get to know about Saints in Christianity. Saint Erhard was a 7th century bishop of the Bavarian city called Regensburg which is not far from Bamberg. Back in the times he was also knwon by the name of Erard or Herhard.
He was born in Ireland and he went to the continent as missionary bishop as many people at that time did. He then went to Vosges (a department of east of France) and met St. Hildulf (founder of Moyenmoutier Abbey and a reputed bishop of Trier) who lived there in seclusion from the society. He is called Erhard’s brother in terms of spiritual relationship.
Both the saints founded seven monasteries back then. Then Erhard went to Regensburg and founded the convent of Niedermuenster. He taught the sacred sciences at Triers, when St. Hydulphus was bishop of that city. When St. Hydulphus resigned his bishopric to end his days in retirement in 753, St. Erhard withdrew to Ratisbon, where he founded a small monastery, and is said to have been honoured with miracles, both living and after his death, which happened in that city. He was commemorated on this day in Scotland, but in Germany, on the 8th of January
His year of death is still unknown. His body was placed in a grave with the still intact Erhard-crypt at Niedermuenster. His corpse was guarded in the middle ages by a community of women who observed a perpetual round of prayer. They were called Erhardinonnen. On 7th Oct. 1052 the remains of the holy bishops Erhard and Saint Wolfgang (was also a bishop of Regensburg) were raised by Pope Leo IX in the presence of Emperor Henry III and many other bishops. The church in Niedermuenster, which is now a parish church, still has the crosier of the Saint Erhard, made of black buffalo-horn.
To sum up, Saint Erhard was an evangelist who missionized Bavaria. Just as he missionized Bavaria we now want to missionize other parts of the world with Bavarian beer culture through our brand St. ERHARD.