Andrew Craze hoped this day would come.
Western Reserve Bockzilla is making a reappearance in the Cleveland market after 13 years of hibernating underground. (Get the Godzilla reference?)
The beer, a 7.6 percent malty bock, is being made on contract by Black Box Brewing in Westlake. Craze, the former brewmaster at the former Western Reserve Brewing Co., and Jerome Welliver from Black Box, which also has reproduced Western Reserve Cloud Nine, were busy brewing it last week.
Craze couldn’t be happier.
“I’m jazzed,” said Craze, who moved into the software industry when Western Reserve closed. “I was looking through the old brewery records and it’s been just over a hair over 13 years [since Bockzilla was last made]. I’m thrilled about it.”
The recipe is the same. How can Craze be so sure? Well, he kept all the recipes when Western Reserve went out of business.
He can’t wait to taste it again. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said about that upcoming first sip. “It’s going to be tremendous.”
He described Bockzilla as a traditional German bock with a big malty taste and little hop aroma.
It should be available on draft and in bottles around mid-March at bars and restaurants in Cuyahoga County, and also at Heinen’s and Buehler’s grocery stores, he said.
There is one thing that’s different this time around, though. The original Bockzilla label featured a Godzilla-like lizard. But the folks who control the Godzilla movies nixed the return of the original label, Craze said.
Now, the label features smoke on a black background. (See new label above.)