Munich's famed bock beer actually originated in the northern German city of Einbeck. Bavarian nobility loved the stuff and enticed a local braumeister to make something similar. The only thing that changed was the name — "bock" being how the Bavarians pronounced the original beer's name. "Bock" also means goat in German, hence the goats that often appear on labels and bottle caps. The bock is the preferred style for welcoming the arrival of spring — it's a strong, malty lager that is eminently drinkable, and particularly refreshing when taken outdoors. Try it for yourself from noon to 10 p.m. today at Maifest 2016 at Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery (3229 Washington Avenue; www.urbanchestnut.com). The taps will have a full line of bock varieties, including Erlkönig (a pale wheat doppelbock), Maximilian (a traditional, deep-brown wheat beer) and the incredible Oxnbräu, perhaps the finest doppelbock on this side of the planet. All beer and food must be purchased with tickets, which cost $6 each. There's also an $18 festival package that includes a commemorative glass and three beer and food tickets.
Price: free admission, $6 for food/drink tickets