Bayern Brewing Bakken Bock

Our neighbor to the west, Montana, houses an authentic German beer treasure, the Bayern Brewery in Missoula. Jürgen Knöller, the owner and Masterbrewer, was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. He graduated from the Doemen’s Masterschool for Brewing Tech in Munich in 1987, and came to Missoula. Bayern (pronounced “Bye-ern”) is what Germans call Bavaria, a fitting name for the only true German style brewery in the Rocky Mountain area who brews in strict accordance of the German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). That means no berries, artificial carbonation, or ingredients other than malted barley, yeast, hops, and water. All Bayern beers are fully matured, a process that takes twice as long as mass produced domestic lagers and up to four times longer than conventional ales.

Jürgen wanted to produce a beer as honest and straight forward as the hard working men and women who are “rockin the Bakken”, so created a German Dark Dopplebock called “Bakken Bock”. Bakken Bock is a lager, so it is smooth and does not have the rough bite and/or aftertaste of other dark beers such as stouts or porters. It is also moderately-hopped with German and Czech hops, so it is a well-balanced treat after a hard day. Of course, with an 8.4% ABV, it means you really ought to heed that warning about no operating heavy machinery after drinking Bakken Bock.

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