Friday, August 22, 2008

Days of the Beer, August 22

The beer for today is Three Floyds Gorch Fock Helles.

On August 22, 1880, Johann Wilhelm Kinau was born. Kinau later became an author and poet and went by the pseudonym Gorch Fock. Gorch Fock was born on the island of Finkenwerder, near Hamburg. At 14, he served as a merchant's apprentice, where he worked as a book keeper.

In 1904, his poetry and stories started to be published. In 1913 his most famous book Seefahrt ist Not! was published (Seafaring is not).

He was drafted into the German infantry in 1915, and then was transferred into the navy and served on the SMS Wiesbaden. On May 31, 1916, he died in the Battle of Jutland.

Two Germany Navy training ships were named in his honor.

The beer is a Helles, or Bright, beer. It's 4.5% ABV, so it's also light and bright.

It's described as:

Franconian Helles Booyakasha

Whatever that means.

I had this beer September 14, 2007.

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