Saturday, August 23, 2008

Days of the Beer, August 23

The beer for today is Great Lakes Commodore Perry.

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry was born August 20, 1785, and died August 23, 1819.
He served in the War of 1812 against Britain and earned the nickname "Hero of Lake Erie" for beating the British at the Battle of Lake Erie.

During the battle, September 10, 1813, Perry's flagship the Lawrence was destroyed and Perry rowed a half-mile through heavy gunfire to transfer command to the Niagara. His battle flag read "DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP" which he did. After the battle his victory report was:

We have met the enemy and they are ours' two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.

Perry died in 1819 from yellow fever which he contracted during an expedition to the Orinoco River in Venezuela.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA is:

A medium-bodied and well hopped India Pale Ale with a dry, fruity aftertaste.
This monumental India Pale Ale honors the hero from The War of 1812 who battled the enemy on Lake Erie.
So go out and get you a beer named for a war hero.

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