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In Memory of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.

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.


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Edmund Fitz

Posted November 10, 2010 2:46pm By Bill

The song about the Edumund Fitzgerald, sung by Gordon Lightfoot, still gives me shivers every time I hear it. Will have to toast the brave lads who went down 35 years ago today ...

Edmund Fitzgerald

Posted November 10, 2010 10:10am By Dr. J

Awesome to post this memorial for those brave souls.

And awesome to name this awesome beer after the ship.

We are born and bred Clevelanders, but live in Alabama now. Every time either of us head to NE Ohio, we make sure we get some Edmund, some Eliot Ness, and some seasonal brew - Christmas Ale, Oktoberfest, Grassroots in the summer, Conway's Irish in the Spring - whatever we can get. But ALWAYS some Edmund and Eliot.

Thanks to GLBC for the nice post and reminder, and for their triple bottom line philosophy. Great company, great city, and great beer!


Posted November 10, 2010 9:32am By Patricia Andrukat

The ale is superb but mostly, I'd like to thank the sailors of the Edmund Fitzgerald for just doing their job and know that we will never forget you.