The Bock Hog is a new collaboration beer created by Harpoon Brewery and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey.
The name is a play on the annual release of The Boss Hog from WhistlePig. The Bock Hog conditions Harpoon’s Doppelbock — a rich, malty lager — in Spanish Oak and South American Teakwood barrels that previously housed WhistlePig’s The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic.
“We share more than just roots in the New England community with WhistlePig: we also share a sense of innovation, exploration and a dedication to our craft,” says Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery. “During a time where we are limited in how far we can travel, I’m proud of our brewers and the distillers that created The Bock Hog and allowed the flavor profile of this beer to go the distance for us.”
With the base notes of the Doppelbock including toasted rye, toffee, rum raisin and cacao, the Spanish Oak and South American Teakwood barrels add complexity with top notes like holiday spice, roasted nuts, vanilla and char, the company reports. The Bock Hog is 9% ABV, ideal for cold winter nights.
“The barrels used for The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic are incredibly special to us, but we knew they were in good hands with our neighbors at Harpoon Brewery,” says Meghan Ireland, whiskey blender at WhistlePig. “It’s the first time beer has ever been finished in South American Teakwood and it pairs masterfully with the flavor profile of a beer like Harpoon’s Doppelbock.”
Harpoon’s The Bock Hog is a limited release, be sold as single 22-oz. bottles, sealed with a wax coating. It will also be available on draft starting this month at Harpoon’s Boston and Vermont breweries.