Choc beer


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Choc beer

There are several discussions of the origin and composition of choc beer (Chock, chalk), but the one that seems most realistic is that the name was first applied to an alcoholic drink made by the Choctaw Indians from wild plants found in what is now Southeastern Oklahoma. However, by the mid-1930s, during the depression years, choc generally referred to any homemade, slightly alcoholic beverage. The drink was made from a variety of inexpensive raw materials, depending on availability, and was usually barely palatable. In the Southwest, the fermenting liquid that dripped from ensilage and collected in the bottom of silos was sometimes drunk. It was also not unusual for people to collect spoiled fruit from grocery stores, put the fruit in a bucket of water, and leave it under their house porch until it fermented.
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American medalists included a bronze for Brewery Ommegang for its Belgian Pale Ale; gold for Firestone-Walker for its Mission Street Honey Blond; Gold for Moylan's, Silver for Deschutes and Bronze for Pelican in the Ultra Strong Beer category; Bronze for Choc Beer of Krebs, Oklahoma in the Schwarzbier category; and a silver for Dogfish Head's saison du buff in the herb and spice category.
In a tribute to the late, great baseball legend Warren Spahn--who played with the Braves at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1953 to 1964--Spahnie 363, LLC and its Oklahoma-based Choc Beer Company have introduced a new brew featuring the pitcher's nickname and celebrating his 363 career wins.
I remember when dad would pack up the family and hit the road with several cases of Choc beer in the car to visit the Spahn's in Milwaukee during the summer," recalls Joe Prichard, Choc Beer Co.