Nulu Bock Beer Festival
The Nulu Neighborhood Association celebrated Bock Day on Saturday, March 26 from Noon until 8pm in the 600 and 700 blocks of East Market Street. The event included family friendly, safe and fun goat races sponsored by area businesses, music from the Billy Goat Strut Revue and the Louisville Folk School as well as original bock beers from area breweries.
The Nulu Bock Fest event revives an annual Spring ritual tracing back to the mid-19th Century to mark the changing of the season when the dark German lager, known as bock, was released across the city after a winter of aging. The holiday, which usually coincides with Lent, was hugely popular in Louisville during its first brewing boom, but fell out of favor during Prohibition.
Sponsors include Garage Bar, JEB Advertising, MagBooth, and Sonablast Records, Worthington Law Firm, Harbor House of Louisville, Via Studios, Think Tank Marketing, and Carman. Food was provided by local vendors and area restaurants.
Goat races are traditionally associated with Bock Day, as “bock” means “goat” in German. The event kicked off with the ceremonial blessing of the goats at Noon, and included seven races with separate divisions for kids (baby goats) and adults.
The day was blessed with beautiful spring weather and lots of sunshine, perfect for browsing the brews.
I’m told that our good city of Louisville has a steep history with Bock Beer Festivals. In fact the organizers were able to go as far back as 1858. Of course prohibition ended that for everyone in 1919, but still for 61 years the fine people (mostly thanks to our German friends), celebrated the annual Bock Beer Brews!
And now it’s back!