Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Days of the Beer, June 17

The beer for today is Egill Skallagrimsson Brewery Egils Premium.No, I've never heard of it either.

So why would anyone want to drink this beer?

It's rated in the 16th percentile on Ratebeer, and isn't rated at all on BA.

Again... why drink it. Well, apparently today is Iceland Day! Hooray! Those wacky Icelanders chose June 17, 1944 as the day the Republic of Iceland was formed. Iceland was previously under Danish rule... damn those Danes!

June 17 was also the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, who was a leader of an Icelandic independence movement in the 1800's.

Iceland's independence was a hard fought victory... oh wait. In 1944, Denmark was occupied by Germany and Iceland was invaded by the British, Iceland just sort of said... "hey, we're free" and it stuck.

So if you can find one, drink an ice(land) cold Egill Skallagrimsson Egils Premium... and turn your nose up at those Danes.

(I tried to find some other Icelandic beer, but the pickings aren't too great; heck, beer was banned in Iceland until 1989. )

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