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Beer Review: Karbach's Crawford Bock

How often will you want to sit back with the brewery's new Astros beer this season?

By Timothy Malcolm March 6, 2019

Crawford Bock aims for the heart. Its can is purdy.

You're going to see a lot of Karbach BREWING COMPANY's Crawford Bock. Birthed from the partnership between Karbach and the Astros, the beer will be available at all 81 'Stros home games this season. It'll be in stores, bars, and restaurants. It could become the new go-to at the ice house, the new six-pack pickup before a weekend series against the Rangers.

Karbach and the Astros are aiming for Crawford Bock to be a beer for all people throughout this fair city.

"They wanted a beer you could share with your buddies, but you could also share it with your granddad," said David Graham, brand manager at Karbach, of the Astros' hopes for the new 4.5 percent ABV beverage, copper in color with a heavy foam head. You may pour it into a glass, but it's probably more appropriate in the can, designed with the Astros' famed "tequila sunrise" look of the 1970s and 80s.

The can is pretty. It looks great in the fridge, and it stands out to anyone wanting a beer to pair with a ballgame. Crack one open and whiff a biscuity, buttery scent coming from a big dose of malts—2 Row, Munich, Medium Crystal, Black Malt. Hops are Chinook and Cascade, though I wonder if they were simply used to bitter the beer, because the sweetness of the malts overpowers. 

Crawford Bock reminds me a lot of an old-school lager like Yuengling. I've never tasted Michelob Amber Bock, but I wonder how close these two are to one another.

I've traveled to plenty of ballparks, and one my favorite vendors to this day was at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The vendor was called Your Dad's Beer, and it carried pastime favorites like Blatz, Genesee, and Pabst. I ordered a Schaefer and paid an extra buck for a pickled egg. It was awesome, but ultimately, I wanted something a little more adventurous from a local brewery.

Crawford Bock lives in that Your Dad's Beer lane. Being an explorer wanting all kinds of local craft, it wouldn't be my first choice at the park, but it'll have its fans. Heck, it would've paired very well with watching J.R. Richard spin some magic back in 1980.

Rating: 4.5/10

Explanation of ratings: 9.5-10: as good as the best beer in America; 9-9.4: the best beer in Houston; 8-8.9: among the better beers in Houston; 7-7.9: really good beer; 6-6.9: try this beer at least once; 5-5.9: if you’re stuck, this won’t hurt; 3-4.9: among the lowest-quality beers in Houston; 0-2.9: as bad as the worst beer in America.

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