Thursday, December 4, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 4

The beer for today is Shoreline Foggy Loggy Lager.

On December 4, 1952, a fog covered London, England. It lasted until December 9. The fog directly caused, or contributed to the death of around 12,000 people. It became known as the Great Smog of 1952.

The fog was the result of a cold pressure system, that caused people to burn more coal than normal to heat their homes. The cold trapped the smoke lower in the atmosphere close to the ground. Coal at the time in London was low in quality and high in sulfur, as the higher quality coal was being exported to help the post-war economy.

Shortly after the fog lifted, medical services found that the fog had killed 4,000 people, many of which had pre-existing respiratory problems. Most of the deaths were from respiratory tract infections or from hypoxia (low oxygenation of blood). Others died from being suffocated by pus, from lung infections. In the weeks an months that followed, another 8,000 people died from the fog.

As to the beer:

Shoreline Brewery is located in Michigan City, Indiana, on the coast of Lake Michigan. Foggy Loggy is a pale lager and comes in at 4.4% ABV.

Shoreline's lightest offering. This lager is styled after the first beer brewed celebrating King Ludwig's wedding to Princess Teresa of Saxon which turned into the modern day Oktoberfest. It has a nice white lacey head followed by a beautiful golden blonde hue.
As far as I know, this beer is only available at the brewery. I had this beer on March 5, when Kriddy and I went on our Indiana brewery/brewpub tour.

So, for the Great Smog of 1952, have a Foggy Loggy.

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