Second in line on the release day at the brewery March 21st is Curly Bill Brocius. Curly Bill is a 11,6% Double Mash Imperial Stout that has spent 18 months in Mezcal barrels. And yes, Curly Bill is indeed a bad boy.
About the past of Curly Bill Brocius, nobody seems to know much. Maybe he was born in Missouri and maybe he fled the law in Texas, but after his arrival in Arizona in 1878 he would soon be known as ‘the terror of Cochise County’. Curly Bill was a tall and well built man and a natural with a pistol. Bad tempered with a sick and mean sense of humor when drunk – and that happened often. The kind of humor where he would order everybody at a Mexican wedding to take off their clothes and dance naked. Or interrupt a church sermon by telling the reverend to quit preaching, then aiming his pistols at the reverend’s feet and made him dance a jig – a bullet jig. “Come and get me”! Curly Bill would often cry out after another rampage or another killing, but no-one did. In March 1882 Curly Bill had risen to be the leader of The Clanton Gang. Thought to be responsible for the assassination of US Marshall Morgan Earp, the gang was being chased by a vigilante posse led by Morgan’s brother, Wyatt Earp. Wyatt, himself a lawman, had taken up the hunt of the outlaw gang in frustration over the legal system not being able to stop them. It came to a long and massive shoot-out at Mescal Springs. Brocius fired at Earp with his shotgun but missed. Earp returned fire with his own shotgun, killing Brocius with a load to the stomach, almost cutting him in half. Curly Bill’s reign of terror had come to a full stop.