In Dutch society we seem to have a certain habit of calling any beer that differs from an industrial lager a Speciaalbier (‘Special beer’). As you can probably imagine, we find this much too general a descriptor for the variety and complexity of non-lagers that exist (or can be made).
Instead, every beer should be conceived of as a special beer… After all, a small brewer can also make a mighty fine Pilsner! We suggest you forget about labels like normal or special because all beer should be high quality and memorable!
After Pilsners, Bock beer is probably the most well-known, non-lager beer type. During the autumn months, a lot of Dutch people seek a special brew for the season. Somewhat paradoxically, however, they end up consuming Bock beer en masse. But just how special can such a large-scale Bock be?
Given our ambition to brew quality beers year round, this fall (2015) we introduced the Speciaal Bock beer with masala spices and lactose. This Chai Tea inspired Bock is not just ‘Speciaalbier’ it’s ‘Lekker speciaal’!