On Saturday, March 30, East Market Street will be abuzz with racing goats, bock beer and bratwursts as the fourth annual NuLu Bock Fest takes to the streets.
More than 14 local and regional breweries are participating this year, offering up their versions of bock beer, a rich, malty low-hop style of lager originally consumed by fasting German monks. After all, if you can’t eat, you might as well drink.
Participating breweries include 3rd Turn Brewery, Akasha Brewing, Against the Grain, Dry Ground Brewing Co., Ethereal Brewing, Falls City Brewing, Goodwood, Gordon Biersch, Gravely Brewing, Holsopple Brewing, Mile Wide Brewing, Monnik Beer Co., Old Louisville Brewing, and West Sixth Brewing.
Between sips of bock, you also can partake in hourly goat races down Nanny Goat Strut Alley and Billy Goat Strut Alley on Clay Street — which are humane, as monitored by the 4H chapter of the Louisville Aggies.
And if you want to get up close and personal with the cute creatures, there will be a petting zoo courtesy of Sunny Acres Farm, a local establishment that offers goat yoga, horse boarding and more.
For the second year, there also will be the Wurst Fest, featuring local restaurants creating their own versions of the bratwurst. Each chef will create a sausage inspired by bock beers and bourbon sponsor Bulleit, and a panel of judges will determine the best one. In the meantime, you’re encouraged to sample all of them and come up with your favorite as well.
The NuLu Bock Fest has historical roots in Louisville and dates back to 1858. The event is free and open to all, and runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, on the 600 and 700 blocks of East Market Street.