Dunkles Bock Lager

cacao | cranberries | vanilla beans

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is fresh beer from the Source! ‘Tis the season for dark beers, so we decided to brew a German style Dunkles Bock Lager with a holiday twist. We partnered with the agriculture department @rutgersu to #source some local NJ cranberries. After harvesting the cranberries back in October we stewed them with apple cider and maple syrup from our neighbors @deliciousorchards and then added the mixture to the fermenting beer. Post fermentation the beer was transferred to a lagering tank where it spent several weeks maturing and conditioning. A week prior to kegging we added Madagascar vanilla beans, resulting in a finished beer that is extremely smooth with notes of graham cracker, cocoa, maple syrup, and dark fruits layered atop a backdrop of vanilla. Cheers & Happy Holidays