Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Days of the Beer, November 18

The beer for today is St. Peter's Old Style Porter.

On November 18, 326 and then again on November 18, 1626, St. Peter's Basilica was consecrated. St. Peter's is located in Vatican City. According to catholic tradition, it is the burial site of Saint Peter.

Old St. Peter's (the one from 326) was built during the reign of Emperor Constantine. It was over 350 feet long. The church was built over the small shrine that was believed to be the burial place of St. Peter.

The current building was built to be the grandest building in Christendom. The foundation stone for it was laid in 1506.

Inside, there are over 100 tombs beneath the Basilica, including 91 popes.

As to the beer:

St. Peter's Old Style Porter is 5.1% ABV. It is an English Style Porter.

This fine beer is a blend of a mature old ale and a younger light beer - just as a true Porter should be. The marriage produces an extremely characterful brew which is dark in colour and complex in taste. Gold Medal Winner, What's Brewing Awards 2004.
For the dedication of St. Peter's in Rome, have a St. Peters from England.

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