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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Last week, I promised a break from all the IPAs I have been drinking in hopes of expanding your beer palette. And as a man of the highest beer integrity, I made sure I did not break my promise. This week, I introduce you to a style of beer I have not yet reviewed; so make sure your is fly up, and don’t say or do anything stupid because like an online dating client, you want to make a good impression. Today, it is my pleasure to introduce arguably the tastiest porter made in the United States – this weekend, Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is What’s On Tap.
“Andrea Doria, isn’t that the one they did the song [or beer] about?” No and not to confuse Elaine anymore, but when it comes to Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot did the song, Great Lakes did the beer and Lake Superior did the rest… too soon? Regardless, this porter is so good, it kinda makes Gordy’s 27 minute song worth it! Brewed in Cleveland by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is a beer full of taste and flavor. Like many dark beers, upon first taste you get a rush of roasted malts. But then the chocolate notes kick in, and it is awesome. Think I am kidding about the chocolate flavor? Well I am not – I will lie about a great many things but never beer. (Sidenote: In Cleveland, an ice cream manufacturer uses leftover porter in their chocolate chunk, so there is finally an ice cream flavor for us beer lovers). After the chocolate, Edmund finishes with just a hint of vanilla bitterness.
One of the other great qualities of porters is their “cook-ability.” I know you might think it is blasphemy to cook with beer and not drink it, let alone a good beer, but the better the beer, the better the marinade. Today I am enjoying my Edmund Fitzgerald Porter with some Edmund Fitzgerald ribs, marinated and cooked for 2.5 hours in the beer. But whether you just drink the beer or use it in your cooking — or, like me, use it for both — ribs are a perfect complement to the beer’s sweetness. This weekend, throw a rack on the grill and enjoy this perfect porter!
Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 37
Color: Dark Black
Malts: Harrington 2-Row Base, Crystal 77, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
Hops: Northern, Willamette, Cascade