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Posted November 10, 2010 By GLBeer Snob
Great Lakes Brewing Company is known for naming beers after historic events and people from around the Great Lakes region. Eliot Ness Amber Lager is named after the famous Cleveland Director for Public Safety who led “The Untouchables” in Chicago, and the Burning River Pale Ale is named after the 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior in 1975. Aboard this freighter, which at the time was one of the largest boats on the Great Lakes, were 29 souls including many Northeast Ohioans. GLBC Co-Owner Patrick Conway had a friend whose father was first mate and perished with the ship. GLBC believed it was only fitting to honor those fallen by naming our porter “The Edmund Fitzgerald.”
The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is GLBC’s most award-winning beer and the most award-winning porter in the country. Available year round in GLBC's distribution area, this beer has a bittersweet chocolate-coffee taste and bold hop presence. Edmund Fitzgerald pairs well with barbecued ribs, steaks, oysters and chocolate.
Today, we raise a pint as we honor and remember those lost on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.