Beer notes: Spring is in the air at Sockeye Brewing

MaibockcropBirds are chirping. Flowers are blossoming. Beers are fermenting.

Spring is in the air at Treasure Valley breweries.

Boise’s Sockeye Grill & Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, will tap its regular spring release, Maibock, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will cost $8.25 at the pub — and should be on area retail shelves any day. A traditional German-style bock, Maibock picked up a silver medal at last year’s North American Brewers Association awards. Clocking in at 6.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and 17 on the International Bitterness Units scale (IBU), this year’s Maibock is a “smooth, medium-bodied, traditional German-style bock” with “strong malt aromas and rich malty flavors.” (According to Sockeye. I can’t agree or disagree; I haven’t had time to try it! Although I did manage to photograph it in the front yard last night.)

  • In other Sockeye news, the brewery also just put out its easy-drinking Velvet Falls Cream Ale (4.8 ABV/20 IBU), which combines the sweetness of malts with creaminess. It’s served on a nitro tap. And on First Thursday — April 3 in Downtown Boise — Sockeye will present a “Home Sweet Home” pairing event at The Front Door, 105 S. 6th St. It will cost $18.95. Check out the menu: Course 1: Velvet Falls Cream Ale/creamy spinach artichoke dip with Gaston’s toasted baguette bread. Course 2: Maibock/Bigelow tea rubbed filet medallions over Idaho mashers with carrot ginger puree. Course 3: Devil’s Tooth Barley Wine/oatmeal crisp with local peaches and vanilla beer ice cream. Bonus: Cask-conditioned curry Power House Porter. Information: 287-9201.
  • Coming soon at Sockeye: They’ll brew a third anniversary Belgian Tripel for Bier:Thirty, plus their Hopnoxious.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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