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Aug 14 2012
DuClaw’s Mad Bishop; An Introspective

Brian Murphy is a dear friend of B&P, who operates – a popular local Dc/Va sports blog- and moonlights as a connoisseur and purveyor of fine artisan and craft beers (translation: dude drinks a lot, and can remain coherent enough to talk to us about it). Brian had a chance to get an advanced tasting of DuClaw’s Mad Bishop. You can follow Brian on twitter hereand while you’re at it, tell him your thoughts on his work!


Good things happen to those who support all things Beer & Pig related, which might explain how I was able to score a six-pack of DuClaw’s Mad Bishop before it even officially hits the shelf in Maryland and Virginia stores.

For those who aren’t familiar, Mad Bishop is DuClaw’s version of a true German-style Oktoberfest lager.

Or as DuClaw puts it: “This medium bodied Oktoberfest Lager rouses the congregation with its copper color and heavenly roasted malt aroma. Add a rich, roasted malt flavor tempered by a crisp, clean finish and 5.8% abv, and you’ve got a sermon that’s easy to swallow.”

Now, if you’re a sensible person, you might be asking yourself “Why on earth are people rolling out an Oktoberfest-style brew in August? Haven’t these people ever heard of a calendar?

The answer is simple: blame Sam Adams.

In recent years, they’ve opted to release their Oktoberfest earlier and earlier, which in turn forces everyone else to speed up their timetable as well. If those Boston boys weren’t trying to be such a teacher’s pet, then the rest of the beer-making universe would be free to continue business as usual.

But alas, this is the hand DuClaw was dealt. Sure, it might suck for them to have to accelerate everything and roll out Mad Bishop this early, but their pain in getting this seasonal out only makes it that much sweeter for us.

While drinking an Oktoberfest during the summer might sound unusual on the surface, this frosty and refreshing beverage features a smooth and rich flavor. How, you say? I’m glad you asked.

Unlike mainstream beer makers who saturate their final product with corn or rice, DuClaw prefers to go the all malt route – no added fillers needed (or wanted). That’s how brews like Mad Bishop are able to pack in such heavy flavor.

Let’s be honest – most summer brews are light in color and even lighter in flavor. Rather than subjecting yourself to yet another Bud Light Lime, do yourself a favor and spend your money on something that’s not the modern day equivalent of Zima.

Don’t do it for me. Do it for the sorority girls who are more than happy to drink that crap.

All in all, I’d happily give Mad Bishop 3.5 Beer & Pig coozies — if for no other reason than for giving us all a welcome alternative to watered-down summer drinks.

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