Wow! Back in Anchorage, Alaska after an epic brewery tour around the East Coast! We visited 16 breweries in 16 days. In Pennsylvania we went to Victory Brewing, Spring House Brewing, Tröegs Brewing, Tired Hands Brewing, Earth-Bread+Brewery, and Yards Brewing. As a bonus, at the Philly Museum of Art Craft Show we got to taste several offerings from new Philly breweries at a beer tasting event organized by Joe Sixpack: Evil Genius Beer Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Saint Benjamin Brewing, and Broken Goblet Brewery. Thank you, Joe Sixpack, for inviting us to that event! Then we took a detour to Delaware, just to go to Dogfish Head Brewery, and then headed north to New York where we visited Brewery Ommegang. Then, on to Vermont, where we stopped by Fiddlehead Brewery, and Hill Farmstead. On our way to Maine, we visited White Birch Brewing in New Hampshire, and the following day went to Maine Beer Company. On the last day in Maine, we went to Allagash Brewing. Then we had to drive through New Hampshire again to get to Boston, so we stopped at Earth Eagle Brewings. Finally, in Boston we went to Trillium Brewing, and Cambridge Brewing. We could have added Harpoon Brewing to the list, but the off site brewery tasting room that was right at our departure gate at the Boston airport was closed at 7 AM.
We also visited some noteworthy pubs and taprooms that were superb, including McMenamins Tavern in Mt. Airy, Side Bar in West Chester, Blind Tiger Ale House in Manhattan, Tørst in Brooklyn, Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, and Row 34 in Boston! Phew! I painted live in one pub and seven breweries. I learned a lot on this trip, which was a very valuable experience.
So, let’s talk about today’s featured beer painting. We went to some amazing bottle shops on this trip, and Maria picked up this bottle of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This porter is legendary with flavors of smoky roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, complex hops and malt bitterness. This brew hits you on the front and back of your tongue, caressing your palate, urging you to take another small sip. The story of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a tragic one. This steamer hauling tons and tons of iron sank in 1975. Since iron is a conductor, the ship was an electrical storm magnet. I can only imagine how fast it went down loaded with all that iron.
Cheers to the complexity of Edmund Fitgerald Porter – a beer that boasts a bold flavor, and won’t let you down. “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down” – Gordon Lightfoot.